Elizabeth Walbert Crandall

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    Walbert Crandall, Ed.D., 91
     BRUNSWICK--Elizabeth Liz Walbert Crandall, Ed.D., 91, educator, home economist, feminist, environmentalist, citizen activist, died Nov. 9, 2005 at her home.
     Liz was born Jan. 18, 1914 in Columbus, Kansas, one of five daughters of Stanley and Edna Walbert. An outstanding student, Liz earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in family economics and resource management from Kansas State College and her Ed.D., at Boston University, pursing her interests in the foundation of education, human relations and conflict resolution.
     Her distinguished academic career culminated in her service as dean of the College of Home Economics at the University of Rhode Island.
     On Aug. 3, 1946, Liz married Robert Dalton Crandall who died in 1999 after a long and loving marriage. The Crandalls made their home in Rhode Island until retiring to Brunswick in 1979, where Liz and Bob were faithful members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
     Liz quickly became a tireless advocate and activist for environmental and women's causes. She served as chair of the Brunswick Recycling Committee and held many leadership posts in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on a state, regional and national level, including chair of the Legal Advocacy Fund. An endowment fund in her honor was established by the AAUW Educational Foundation. Liz was also active for many years in the Maine Women's Lobby, the League of Women Voters, NOW, the Family Planning Association of Maine and the Maine Home Economics Association.
     In recognition of her numerous achievements, Liz was inducted into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.
     Liz is survived by two nieces and one nephew, devoted friends and caregivers and countless young women who have been inspired by her example.
     A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2005 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick.
     Arrangements are in the care of Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal Street, Brunswick.
     Memorial gifts may be made to:
    Maine Women's Lobby
    P.O. Box 15
    Hallowell, Maine 04347
    AAUW Educational Foundation Elizabeth W. Crandall Fund
    1111 16th St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
     Elizabeth Liz Walbert Crandall, Ed.D.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 13, 2005
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