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Gladys and I joined Michigan State University's Department of American Thought and Language in Fall 1965. I got to know her well after another department member and Director of MSU's Women's Studies Program, Joyce Ruddell Ladenson, recruited me to teach in the program. For almost a decade, until I retired, Gladys supported my work, in addition to all her well-known local, state, and national efforts in support of women's rights. As the lone male in the Program, I have long been grateful for her support. Notable is that Gladys and I created "Men in America," to parallel our department's "Women in America" course. We each taught it for the first time in the twentieth anniversary year of MSU's Women's Studies Program. Finally, in addition to her myriad efforts on behalf of women, it should be noted that Gladys was a moving force in the effort to unionize MSU's faculty. Gladys Beckwith combined a warm and generous personality with hard-nosed realism in pursuit of the rights of all women, children, and men.
October 21, 2021
I was sorry to just hear about Gladys. She was a real force of nature and a true friend to my cousin Louise Sause. It was an honor to know her.
April 19, 2021
I was not fortunate enough to know Gladys but I can vouch that she helped craft one truly amazing daughter!!! and that is life's most important accomplishment isn't it...
February 23, 2021
Wow! What a wonder productive life this talented and energetic woman lived. Her footprints will be hard to fill as she leaves a huge legacy of service and accomplishments.. and leaving Lansing a better place for women and children. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to this great woman. Heaven's gain for sure!!
Ricci Misener Eschtruth
December 15, 2020
I never met the lady but after reading her obituary I just had to comment. What she accomplished certainly wasn’t easy considering the times she lived through. What a well lived life!