Deaths

Elizabeth Sherbon
Elizabeth Sherbon, an assistant to dance legend Martha Graham and longtime professor of dance at KU, died June 7 in Lawrence. She was 92.
A memorial service in the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Theatre in Robinson Center on the KU campus is pending in the fall.
She was born Jan. 13, 1908. She graduated from KU in 1930 with degrees in physical education, specializing in dance.
In 1931, she attended the Denishawn School of Dance in New York City to study with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, who along with Isadora Duncan founded American modern dance.
In 1932, Sherbon earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa. Sherbon moved to New York to dance with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
She performed in several of Graham's classic works, including "Primitive Mysteries"and "Celebration," and served as Graham's teaching assistant.
In 1961 she returned to Lawrence to direct the dance program at KU. In 1968, her widely used college text, On the Count of One, was published. The fourth edition was printed in 1990.
Sherbon retired in 1975. In 1985, KU named a Robinson Center studio theatre in her honor. In 1993, Sherbon received the City of Lawrence Cultural Enhancement Award for her contributions to the artistic and cultural life of Lawrence.
Survivors include a brother, David Sherbon, Kentfield, Calif.
Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Scholarship, KU Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Glen McGonigle
Glen M. McGonigle died June 9 in Eudora. He was 84.
McGonigle came to KU in 1957, first as an assistant instructor and supervisor and later as director of laboratories in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He retired in 1980.
He received his master's of science degree from KU.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; a daughter, Jennifer Liebnitz, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Fern Savory, Walnut, Ill., and Norma Krieger, Ohio, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A son, Dennis, died earlier.
The family suggests memorials to the Eudora Nursing Center or Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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