Josephine Spear

Josephine Spear

Birth
Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
Death 7 Jun 2011 (aged 93)
Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Burial Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 94366839 · View Source
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Josephine Spear, associate professor emeritus, School of Education, Indiana University, passed away Tuesday at the Meadowood Retirement Community. She was born October 30, 1917, in Bedford, Indiana, to H. Clifford and Beryl (Foster) Spear. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Bedford.

In 1939 she received an A.B. in English from DePauw University, where she was a member and treasurer of Kappa Alpha Theta. She earned Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Indiana University.

She first taught in Bedford and Mishawaka junior high schools. After three years as chairperson of the English Department at Warren Central, Indianapolis, she came to Indiana University as an English instructor in the University School.

From 1950 until 1970, Spear was the chairperson of the English Department in the University School. In 1970, she was transferred from the University School to the School of Education. In 1983 she retired as chairperson of English Education, School of Education, Indiana University.

For the Indiana University Correspondence Division, Spear wrote secondary English courses 9-12. Her primary publications, however, were high school literature textbooks, two in English literature and one in world literature: Adventures in English literature and Ideas and Patterns in Literature IV.

Her professional memberships included National Council Teachers of English, Indiana State Teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa. She was a founding member of Gamma Associates Chapter of Tri Kappa. She was a member of Altrusa International, DePauw and Indiana University Alumni, IU Foundation, Woodburn Guild and Varsity Club. She was also a member of the 10-20 Investment Club and the Bloomington Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae.

Survivors include her nephew, Kenneth J. Eitel (Jacquelyn) of Greencastle; her niece, Joanna Batchelor (Miles) of Greenwood; and six grand nephews: Anthony, Patrick, Adam, Jacob, Matthew and Ethan Eitel.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elizabeth Eitel.

Bloomington (IN) Herald-Times, June 9, 2011


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  • Created by: MW
  • Added: 28 Jul 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 94366839
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josephine Spear (30 Oct 1917–7 Jun 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 94366839, citing Cresthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery, Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by MW (contributor 47627297) .