Sarah Elizabeth Cotton

Sarah Elizabeth Cotton

Birth
Nineveh, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Death 5 Nov 1932 (aged 68)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec: 40, Lot: 127
Memorial ID 45874696 · View Source
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Miss Sarah E. Cotton, registrar of Butler university more than twenty years, died at 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning in the City hospital. Death was the result of injuries suffered in an accident at Forty-eixth and Meridian streets Monday night in which she was struck by a car and thrown against the door handle of another automobile. It is believed Miss Cotton, shielding herself from the rain with her umbrella, did not see the automobile until too late. Miss Cotton suffered a fracture of the skull. She died without regaining consciousness. Funeral services, conducted by the Kev. William A. Shullenberger, pastor, will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Central Christian Church. Burial will be in Crown Hill cemetery. Friends have been asked to call today at the Ragsdale & Price funeral home, 1219 North Alabama street. Honorary Pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dean Albert E. Bailey, Dean William L. Richardson, Dean Frederick D. Kershner, Thomas C. Howe, former president of the university: Hilton U. Brown, chairman of the board of trustees; Dr. Daniel V. Layman, president of the Butler Alumni Association; Prof. Elijah Johnson, Miss Cotton's predecessor as registrar; Laurence McTurnan of Indianapolis, and Sheldon B. Cooper of Greenfield. Active pallbearers will be Harry Weaver, president of the senior class; Elbert Gilliom, president of the junior class; Corlis Maxam, president of the sophomore class; Robert Udell, president of the freshman class; Urban L. Ogden, representing the college of religion, and Malcolm Snoddy, representing the college of education. Classes to Be Dismissed. Classes will be dismissed at 11:30 o'clock tomorrow morning at the university and at the same time the faculty will meet to arrange a memorial service to be held for Miss Cotton later in the week. The faculty committee on resolutions comprises Dr. Henry M. Gelston. chairman: Dr. John S. Harrison and Prof. Corinne Welling. The faculty committee on floral tributes is composed of Mrs. Thor G. Wesenberg, Miss Katharine M. Graydon, Miss Evelyn Butler, Miss Martha Bebinger and Miss Al-lena Grafton. Athearn Pays Tribute. Dr. Walter Scott Athearn, president of Butler, paid the following tribute to Miss Cotton: ' Miss Sarah E. Cotton, examiner and registrar of Butler university for twenty years, was deeply loved by the entire academic community. She had received more than eight thousand freshmen students into Butler university. In her relationships with students, parents and faculty she combined a sympathetic understanding of the interests and needs of students with an intimate knowledge of the approved standards of the university. She had been counsellor and friend to students and custodian of institutional standards and ideals. Death Stuns Community. "Her tragic death has stunned the entire community. Her loss will be keenly felt by her host of friends. Her unique place in the life of Butler university will remain unfilled, for none but she possessed her rare combination of personal and administrative talents. In her going Butler uni versity has lost a part of its very being. She has left a permanent impression on this institution which will be felt by succeeding generations of university students. All who have known her will be better, stronger, nobler because of her radiant optimism and her sterling Christian character. "Suitable memorial services will be conducted later by the university." Miss Cotton was born in Nineveh, Johnson county, the daughter of Marion Irwin and Rachael Amanda Cotton, a pioneer Indiana family. Received College Degrees. She attended public schools there and then received A. B. degrees from Lake Forest college and from Leland Stanford university. After coming to Indianapolis she was a teacher for a time at Emmerich Manual Training high school and then became a teacher in the Indianapolis grade schools. When' her brother, Fassett Allen Cotton of Anderson, now retired, became superintendent of public instruction in Indiana in 1903, she was appointed to a position in his office and continued during the administrations of Dr. Robert Judson Aley and Charles A. Greathouse. In all, she served in the state department from 1903 until 1911. Came to Butler in 1913. After leaving the office of the state Superintendent, she was employed in a secretarial capacity in the administrative office at Indiana university. Dr. Thomas C. Howe, who succeeded Dr. .ley as president of Butler university, employed her in 1912 to assist him. She assumed charge of the work that normally is associated with the office of registrar, and later was appointed examiner and registrar of the university. Miss Cotton suffered severe injuries two years ago when she slipped and fell in Arthur Jordan hall at Butler. She was confined to her bed several weeks. The brother is the only survivor in her immediate family. A nephew Irwin W. Cotton, president of the I. W. Cotton & Co., heating contractors, is a resident of Indianapolis.


Publication:
The Indianapolis Star
Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Issue Date:
Sunday, November 6, 1932
Page:
Page 8

Gravesite Details burial: NOV 7,1932

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 27 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45874696
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Elizabeth Cotton (8 Aug 1864–5 Nov 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45874696, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .