Carol D. Worth, 83, Lawrence, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Mrs. Worth was born on August 24, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of David A. and Gertrude O. Dinsdale. She graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago in 1946, and received a B.A. (1950) and an M.A. (1952) from the University of Illinois at Urbana. While a student at Illinois, she earned several major academic awards, including election to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and inscription of her name on the Bronze Tablet designating the top Illinois undergraduates. After coming to Lawrence in 1955 and raising her two young children, she resumed her graduate studies in German at the University of Kansas, and received her M. Phil. Degree in 1973.
Mrs. Worth taught at Baker University from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1976 to 1983 and at the University of Kansas from 1966 to 1970, in 1972-73, and again in 1986-91.
Until impaired by declining health, Mrs. Worth was very active in Lawrence community affairs, including the University Women’s Club, the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Fellowship, the Emergency Service Council, the Human Relations Commission (of which she was appointed chair in 1977), and the board of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. In addition to teaching and working with individual students, she enjoyed being with family and friends, travel, photography, gardening, reading, and listening to classical music.
She married George Worth in Chicago on March 17, 1951. He survives. Other survivors include her daughter Theresa “Terry” Wilkinson and husband Mark of Lawrence, her son Paul and wife Diane of Wichita, four granddaughters (Lisa, Lauren, Claire, and Hayley), and her sister Jean Baldwin of Columbia, MO.
The family would especially like to thank the Arbor caregivers at Brandon Woods, as well as the Visiting Nurses Association hospice staff. Donations in Mrs. Worth’s name may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of the funeral home.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 5th, at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 N. 1100 Road, Lawrence, KS. 66047.