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A Lifetime Devoted to UW Oshkosh

Jean Caudle '34, '38, one of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's biggest supporters and longest-connected academic community members, died in May at the age of 98. As scholar, teacher, advisor, benefactor and volunteer, she made a tremendous impact on the University, the Oshkosh community, the state and nation by sharing her energy, vitality and dynamic spirit.

Jean Caudle '34, '38, one of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's biggest supporters and longest-connected academic community members, died in May at the age of 98. As scholar, teacher, advisor, benefactor and volunteer, she made a tremendous impact on the University, the Oshkosh community, the state and nation by sharing her energy, vitality and dynamic spirit.

Jean was born in Oshkosh, attended Oshkosh High School and then pursued a degree in education, completing her studies at UW Oshkosh (then Oshkosh State Teachers College). She later earned her BS degree in Upper Elementary from UW Oshkosh. She went on to earn a master's degree at UW Madison and a doctorate at Boston University having done other post-graduate work at the University of Colorado.

Jean taught for 50 years, her first 12 years at various schools in the Oshkosh area and the final 38 years as a professor at UW Oshkosh. During her career, she represented her profession at many local, national and international conferences, and served as president of the Wisconsin State Reading Association. Her specialty was gifted and talented instruction and learning disabilities. Throughout her professional career, she conducted extensive research on reading techniques for young and old. She established Literacy Programs both in the United States and abroad - specifically in Manila and in Paris, France.

Jean served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Chancellor's Council of Advisors, the Advisory Board of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation Board (honorary member). She received the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award. And, she received the UW Oshkosh Chancellor's Medallion as an emeritus faculty member. She was the recipient of numerous professional and volunteer awards including "Celebrate Literacy Honor" by the Wisconsin State Reading Association and "Ambassador of the Year Award" from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. Jean was a two-year recipient of the Women in Philanthropy award given by the Women's Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. She was also recognized as one of Wisconsin's 10 Most Admired Seniors.

Jean's dedication to reading education was the focal point of her teaching career and continued into her retirement by working on reading initiatives for senior citizens. She ensured that her commitment to reading education would be carried on when she created the Jean I. Caudle Graduate Reading Scholarship at the UW Oshkosh Foundation. This scholarship supports full- or part-time graduate students pursuing a master's degree in reading in COEHS at UW Oshkosh.

Jean's legacy also endures through the Rose Legacy Society, which she co-founded along with former UW Oshkosh alumni director Jean Nelson. Together, these visionary women understood the impact alumni, faculty and friends could make on the future of the UW Oshkosh community through bequests, insurance policies, and charitable lead or remainder trusts. Created in 2004 through their founding gifts, more than 100 members have joined the Rose Legacy Society, named after Rose C. Swart, the groundbreaking teaching-education professor who served as a member of the Oshkosh Normal School faculty for 51 years and is remembered in campus' Swart Hall.

Leave a Legacy

If you would like more information on how you can make a planned gift supporting UW Oshkosh, please contact the UW Oshkosh Foundation at (920) 424-2178 or plannedgiving@uwosh.edu.

by Smith, Rebecca last modified Oct 03, 2017 11:14 AM

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