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Dorothy Agnes Buell

Dorothy Agnes Buell

Female 1912 - 2003  (90 years)

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  • Name Dorothy Agnes Buell 
    Born 16 Nov 1912  Lake Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Sep 2003  Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Dorothy was a former educator, school board member, Dean, and supporter of numerous civic affairs. She was married to Cecil Reinhart Gilbertsen, M.D., of Janesville, until his death in 1972. She was the daughter of Tina Knudson and Ralph Arthur Buell. She attended Whitewater Wisconsin High School. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Beloit Wisconsin College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1934. Dorothy taught English and Latin in Randolph, Columbus, and Janesville public schools for four years, and then married Cecil Gilbertsen on August 6, 1938. She was the mother of three children.

      Dorothy was actively involved in public education for most of her life. She began her career on the Janesville School Board in 1949, variously served on every standing committee, and was President from 1952-1953 and again from 1967-1968. She did extensive research on team teaching, and presented her findings at a National School Boards Convention in 1965. On January 20, 1966, she was recipient of the Distinguished Woman School Board Member of the Year for the State of Wisconsin in recognition of her service to public schools. On June 9, 1968, she was the recipient of a diploma from the Janesville Board of Education for "having completed eighteen years of faithful and dedicated service as a member and past President of the Janesville Board of Education."

      In addition to her work in support of primary and secondary public education, she was actively involved in her Alma Mater for many years. She was an Alumni Trustee of Beloit College from 1962-1965, and then asked to return to Beloit College as temporary Dean of Women in 1965. The interim basis of her employment soon became permanent when the College found it could not let her go. As Dr. Miller Upton, then President of Beloit College, wrote in a letter to Dorothy on the occasion of her 80th birthday, "One of the best decisions I made during my tenure at Beloit College was suggesting to John Gwin that we see if you would be able and willing to help us out by serving as Dean of Women on an interim basis." While an employee of Beloit College she served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Women, Director of Student Services, and Chairman of the Women Student's Affirmative Action Committee. She was elected an honorary member of Mortar Board in 1967, and was named Who's Who in American Women in 1972-3. On May 11, 1974, she received the Beloit College Distinguished Service Citation "in recognition of the honor reflecting upon her Alma Mater through her outstanding achievements" by the Alumni Association of Beloit College. The Community Senate of Beloit College, on December 1, 1976, conferred on Dorothy a special Resolution of Gratitude for her forty years of service to the institution and ideals of the college. Dean Gilbertsen, as she was called by students, faculty, and even family, was often an invited speaker. On the occasion of the 125th commencement of Beloit College, on April 18, 1975, she was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Phi Beta Kappa banquet preceding graduation.

      Dorothy Gilbertsen was an active participant in the Rock County Historical Society, and was awarded a special Certificate by the Society on April 23, 1991, in appreciation for her service as President of the Society from 1978-1980. She was a longtime member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and had been a President of the local branch. She served as the National Association's chairman on the topic "The Politics of Public Education." Dorothy served as Girl Scouts and WYCA board member, and received the Woman of Distinction in Fine Arts award from the YWCA in 1978. She was a past President of the Rock County Medical Auxiliary. Dorothy was an ardent supporter of the Tallman Restorations, the Janesville Rotary Gardens, and the Rock County Historical Society. She was a member of the Janesville Women's Club and of the McDowell Club.

      She was actively involved in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra (BJSO), and was to have received an award October 4 and 5 as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration. She was President of the Janesville Symphony Guild from 1981-1983, and a Life Board Member of the BJSO. Perhaps her last and most ardent cause was that of the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC). A life-long admirer and supporter of the arts, Dorothy made establishment and funding of JPAC a top priority in her last years. Roughly three months before her death, she attended the Janesville City Council meeting where a vote to fund JPAC was to occur. One can imagine the joy she felt when the resolution passed.

      Dorothy was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Janesville, having taught Sunday school, served on the Consistory, the Scholarship Committee, and in other capacities.
    Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • PLOT block 619, lot 15
    Person ID I114856  tree1
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2019 

    Father Ralph Arthur Buell,   b. 9 Apr 1877, Town of Linn, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1970, Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Tena Josephine Knudsen,   b. 14 Jan 1881, Hollingsdahl, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1939, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1905  Amherst or Lanesboro, Fillmore Co., Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6262  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family LCDR Cecil Reinhart Gilbertsen, M.D.,   b. 10 Mar 1905, Ward County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1972, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F7861  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Buell, Dorothy Agnes 1912 - 2003
    Buell, Dorothy Agnes 1912 - 2003
    Dorothy Agnes Buell Gilbertson 1912 - 2003

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    Buell, Dorothy Agnes 1912 - 2003
    Buell, Dorothy Agnes 1912 - 2003
    Dorothy Agnes Buell Gilbertson 1912 - 2003

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    1. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      MEMORIAL ID 19232703