Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart Small, 74, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at Allie’s Village Memory Care Home in Lawrence, Kansas. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Ed Small was born October 15, 1939 in New York, NY. At the age of five, he moved to West New York, NJ with his parents Edward and Anne (Forbes). Ed attended Hope College, where he met his future wife Ruth Diane Hagymasy. He continued his studies at the University of Arkansas, lived in Japan while working on his dissertation, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
Ed began his career as a Professor of Film at the University of Missouri in 1972. In 1989 the Small family relocated to Lawrence, Kansas where Ed worked until his retirement in 2012. His scholarly work centered on experimental and documentary film and video. His varied films, often imaginatively merging the two approaches, won festival prizes and were featured at film conferences as well as showcased on television.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Ruth D. Small in 2004. He is survived by his children Jessica R. Small and Edward W. Small of Lawrence, KS, as well as his fiancé Sandra J. Boogertman of Fair Haven, VT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: KU Endowment Association, c/o Ed Small Scholarship for Experimental Film, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044-0928.