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 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