Maude Gilchrist

Science Faculty

  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 1952 CEDAR FALLS-Maude Gilchrist, 90, daughter of the first president of Iowa State Teachers College, died Thursday, February 28, 1952, in Ft. Dodge, according to word received at the college. A. C. Fuller, emeritus director of the Bureau of Alumni Service at Teachers College, will represent the institution at the funeral services at Laurens, Monday. "In addition to being the daughter of a pioneer in teacher education, Miss Gilchrist was a distinguished educator in her own right," said I. H. Hart, former extension service director at the college and now college archivist. Miss Gilchrist was a member of the first graduating class of Teachers College, then the Iowa State Normal School, in 1878. Her father, the late James Cleland Gilchrist, served as head of the school from its founding in 1876 until 1886. Miss Gilchrist served as a science teacher at the Iowa State Normal School from 1883 until 1886. From 1886 until 1896, she was a botany instructor at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. She was principal of the Illinois Women's College, Jacksonville, Illinois, from 1897 until 1901. She spent twelve years at Michigan State College, East Lansing, Michigan, 1901-1913, as dean of women and the home economics division. She returned to Wellesley in 1913 and for the following two years served as associate professor of botany. Miss Gilchrist also was a house director at Iowa State College, Ames, from 1926 until 1928. After receiving her Bachelor of Didactics degree from the Iowa State Normal School in 1878, Miss Gilchrist received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Normal School in 1880. She received her Master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1907. Other academic study included three years at Wellesley, 1880-1883, as special student in the science field, and a year's study, 1896-1897, at Goettingen, Germany Miss Gilchrist was a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was co-founder of Omicron Nu, home economics honor society.