Sharon M. Morrow
Sharon M. Morrow, an award-winning writer and editor who worked for Kansas State University for more than 26 years, died Thursday, Sept. 20, following a brief illness. She was 59.
Ms. Morrow was born at Fort Lewis Army base in Washington on August 26, 1953, and grew up in Illinois, Tennessee and Indiana. She graduated from Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, Ind., in 1971 and attended Ball State University, graduating with a degree in English in 1975. She did additional graduate work at Ball State and Miami University in Ohio and completed an institute for women in higher education administration at Bryn Mawr College.
Ms. Morrow worked as a graduate assistant at Ball State, an editorial assistant at Miami University, admissions counselor at Kansas Wesleyan University, publications editor at Western Michigan University and director of publications at Bradley University in Illinois before coming to Kansas State in January 1986 as director of university publications. At Kansas State, in addition to leading its award-winning publications office, she served as a member of the faculty senate, chair of the Womenâ€™s Caucus steering committee, and on many other committees and task forces.
She was an active member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, serving as an awards judge, speaker and conference chair. She also served as president of the Manhattan chapter of Women in Communications, Inc., and as a member of the organizationâ€™s Midwest regional advisory board. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, crafts and participating in local stamping clubs.
She is survived by her mother, Pat Morrow of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; sister Marsha Riggs and husband Tom of Galveston, Ind.; sister Rae Goldsmith and husband Greg of Silver Spring, Md.; nephew Jesse Goldsmith of Louisville, Ky.; an aunt, Betty Jewett of Mesquite, Texas; several cousins; and many close friends in Manhattan. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Morrow.
A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, www.cholangiocarcinoma.org, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Salt Lake City, Utah 84092; or to the Department of English, Ball State University, www.bsu.edu/giving, Ball State University Foundation, P.O. Box 672, Muncie, Ind. 47306. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.