Frances Johanne Ingemann

Services for Frances Johanne Ingemann, 90, Lawrence, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Inurnment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Ingemann died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 25, 1927, in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of Oluf and Margaret Graham Ingemann. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State Teachers College, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, and PhD from Indiana University. She moved to Lawrence in 1957 from Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Dr. Ingemann was a distinguished professor at the University of Kansas for 42 years, founding the Linguistics Department in 1967. She was a pioneer in acoustic speech research, and was the first person to formulate rules for speech synthesis. She was inducted into the Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1977.

Frances was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and loyal Kansas City Royals Fan, holding season tickets for 33 years.

She is survived by a sister, Karla Mayer of Manahawkin, NJ; nephews, Robert Mayer and wife Josephine of Allentown, NJ, Bruce Mayer and wife Mary Ellen of Langhorne, PA; great nieces and nephews, Johanne Mayer of Allentown, NJ, Elizabeth Mayer of Allentown, NJ, Katherine Mayer of Somerville, NJ, Margaret Smith and husband Bryan of Forked River, NJ, Erik Mayer of Langhorne, PA, Susan Hilton and husband Brandon of Boynton Beach, FL, Jonathan Mayer and wife Colleen of Willow Grove, PA; great great nephew, Ryan Mayer of Willow Grove, PA.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Frances Ingemann Linguistics Scholarship, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Joe and Pat Grzenda...

To Frances’ family and friends- we became acquainted with Frances through the Royals. Eventually, she travelled to and from the games with us from time to time. She was such an amazing woman! And, she was beloved in and around Kauffman Stadium. She really knew baseball! Our sincere condolences. We were lucky to know her.

From Chris Johnson...

I took phonetics from Professor Ingemann as an undergrad in Spring, 1978. Coming into the class, I heard from the student grapevine that she was a demanding teacher. That proved to be the case. I learned a lot in the class and feel like I really earned my grade. I got my money’s worth. I think of her whenever I am transcribing recordings of German dialects in Kansas using the IPA. May she rest in peace. Chris Johnson, BA Linguistics, Class of 1979

From Jeanne Klein...

My deepest sympathies to all who knew Frances. I had the privilege of her company for many Thanksgivings and Christmases at Sandra Gray’s home. Her warm smile, gentle laughter, and zest for good foods will not be forgotten.

From Rustle, ZENG Yuyu...

Thank you for being an inspiring female figure by leading a meaningful life. Those who transformed possibility into reality in the first place are prophet of light. We will miss you, and we will carry on the work you left behind and venture into roads not taken before.

From Joan Sereno and Allard Jongman...

Our heartfelt condolences. Frances meant so much to both of us. Frances was instrumental in our coming to Kansas. While Frances retired when we arrived in 2001 (her retirement made it possible for us to be hired at KU​), fortunately for us and for the department, Frances continued to be active in research and interested in the department until well after her retirement. She had the perfect balance between giving advice and letting the department evolve. She was an inspiration for generations of students and faculty colleagues. Her leadership and spirit will remain deeply ingrained in the department. We will miss her dearly.

From Jie Zhang...

My deepest condolences. Frances made tremendous contributions to the field of phonetics, to KU, and to the Linguistics Department. Her impact on me personally is beyond measure: She was the reason why I have a job doing what I love, and she was the reason why I am a baseball and Royals fan. She will live on in my heart.

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