"Glinda Crawford, Professor Emerita of Sociology, passed away Jan. 13, 2016, at home in Kirksville, Missouri, surrounded by her family. She was 67.
Glinda was born on Sept. 7, 1948 in Kirksville to Jack and Dorothy (Brenz) Bloskovich. She attended Kirksville Senior High School, graduating in 1966. On Dec. 30, 1966, she married the love of her life, Richard Crawford, who served as a Professor of Biology at UND. To this union their daughter, Melanie, was born.
After earning degrees at both Northeast Missouri State (now Truman) and Iowa State, she served on the faculty of the University of North Dakota from 1975 to 2005. In her early years at UND, Glinda was in charge of the Home Economics Education program. She served as national president of the American Vocational Association and was recognized as a Leader by the National Home Economics Association. In 1994 she developed an Environmental Studies and Outreach program. Among her favorite classes to teach were Living Lightly on the Earth and Ecofeminism, which were highly popular with students.
Glinda was beloved by students and she often involved them in special projects. One of those projects resulted in the establishment of the Soaring Eagle Prairie on the UND campus. She was treasured by many as a mentor and friend, and her heart was always open to all who came her way. She had a very creative spirit and wove beauty into every aspect of her world. She was an artist, quilter and gardener; Earth mother, mentor, and community builder. She deeply loved to restore native prairie and watch it thrive with grasses, butterflies, flowers, and other critters. The beauty of her work remains and she will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Richard, her daughter, Melanie, son-in-law Dave Greene, and two step-grandchildren, Isabel and Calvin; her brother, Brian (Diane); the Crawford family brothers-in-law, John (Connie), Hollis (Deleta), Gerald (Connie); and numerous nieces and nephews."
Source: University Letter, 15 January 2016
The Glinda Crawford Papers contain materials related to Crawford's tenure as head of the UND Department of Home Economics Education. These include publications, correspondence, home economics curriculum schedules for UND and other universities, lists of Home Economics graduates, student teacher placement lists and guidelines, and home economics career outlook reports and statistics. Publications by Crawford include articles, a student teaching handbook, and Home Economics Department program reviews and reports. Articles about Crawford comment on her artistic abilities and teaching techniques. One folder contains an article on UND alumna H. Christine Finlayson, who served as North Dakota State Supervisor of Vocational Home Economics from 1922 to 1963. Correspondence includes letters to and from supporters of the UND home economics program and letters to cooperating teachers participating in student teacher placements. The collection also contains material about the Home Economics Advisory Committee, formed in 1991 to advise about the feasibility of retaining UND's home economics program.
There were numerous additions made to the Glinda Crawford Papers, and the materials from early additions include: records that document a 1998 presentation given at the University of North Dakota by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a Native American spiritual leader; copies of poems written by Crawford in 1997; various academic works by Crawford; and a sketch of the Home Economics Building. Materials from the later additions include: various articles written by Crawford focusing on the beauty, health benefits and preservation of Echinacea, the Purple Coneflower, along with local and regional newspaper articles and facts about Echinacea; information on the Healthy UND- Environmental Wellness Subcommittee; a program from an art show which featured Glinda Crawford's work; the Thesis Crawford wrote while attaining her Master’s Degree, and the Dissertation she wrote while earning her Doctorate; and publications recording the history of the Home Economics Department at the University of North Dakota and the North Dakota Home Economics Association.
Cassette Tape 2056: Toby Talk, Radio host Toby Baker interviews Crawford about Echinacea, the Purple Coneflower: June 16, 1998.