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Elsbury, Barbara, 1936-2000

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: October 16, 1936 - December 26, 2000

Biographical Information

Barbara Ann "Babs" Elsbury was born in Greenfield, Indiana on October 16, 1936. After graduating from Greenfield High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree at Purdue University in 1958. While a student at Purdue, Elsbury was active in numerous social and academic groups, including her sorority Alpha Xi Delta and several related organizations, as well as the Exponent and Mortar Board. Following graduation, Elsbury completed a Masters degree in Counseling at Indiana University.

Elsbury returned to Purdue University in 1962 as a member of the Dean of Women’s staff. She worked with the Dean of Women’s and Dean of Students’ staffs for thirty-five years, holding the title of Assistant Dean from 1967 until her retirement in 1997. In addition to counseling students, she was a notable advisor to the Panhellenic Association, and she administered the Dean of Students Emergency Loan and Gifts fund. She was also a persistent advocate for women in higher education and an active member of the National Association for Women in Education, American Association of University Women in Education, and Indiana Association of Women in Education (IAWE).

Elsbury received many awards and tributes throughout her career. In 1989, Elsbury was awarded the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion award, an annual award that highlights a faculty or staff member’s support for women in Purdue’s student body and leadership. In 1993, the Panhellenic Association hosted a tribute banquet in her honor for her many years of dedicated service. And in 1997, Governor Frank O’Bannon named Elsbury a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award distributed by Indiana’s governors, and highlighted her work on behalf of Purdue’s Panhellenic Association and sororities. In 1997, a series of annual awards was established in her name, the Dean Elsbury Awards, which rewards individual sorority chapters for a variety of accomplishments. Elsbury died on December 26, 2000, from complications of multiple sclerosis.

Citation

MSF 501, Barbara (Babs) Elsbury papers, Purdue University Archives and SPecial Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Barbara (Babs) Elsbury papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 501
Abstract Scrapbooks and papers documenting the academic and professional life of Barbara Elsbury, as well as the academic and social activities of Purdue University.
Dates: 1954-2001; Other: Majority of material found in 1954-1970; Other: Date acquired: 02/12/2016