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Gladys Crane - 2010 - Outstanding Former Faculty
Theatre and Dance Department
Gladys Crane inspired many students throughout her teaching career. She received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Washington State in 1950 and went on to earn a master’s degree in rhetoric and public address from Northwestern University in 1955. Crane was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate in the theatre program at Indiana University in 1962. She taught at Drew University where she finished her doctoral dissertation, “The Comic Women Characters in the Plays of George Bernard Shaw,” in 1968.
In 1969, Crane came to the University of Wyoming. In 1980, she became a full professor and later spent four years as department head. In 1993, Crane retired at age 65. She returned to school and pursued a master’s of theological studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago and then returned to UW to teach feminist theology, drama and religion and gender and religion part-time. In 2007, Crane again retired.