This is an archived article. For the latest news, go to the Advance Homepage.
For more archives, go to the Advance Archive/Search Page

Briefs............September 5, 1997

Memorial service set for alumna, wife of emeritus professor
A memorial service will be held September 13 for Elizabeth Shanley Gerson, a retired social worker and wife of emeritus professor of political science and former department chair, Louis Gerson. She died last month of ovarian cancer. She was 70.

Elizabeth Gerson earned her B.A. and M.S.W. from UConn in 1948 and 1978 respectively. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

She was employed by the Connecticut Department of Aging, Hockanum Valley Community Council, and from 1979 until her retirement in 1985 served as a social worker in eastern Connecticut with Connecticut Community Care Inc. She played a leading role for many community, political and charitable causes in Mansfield. She was instrumental in the building of Mansfield's Juniper Hill elderly housing, and served on a number of committees in the Town of Mansfield. Active in the League of Women's Voters, she also was a supporter of Joshua's Trust, the William Benton Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the UConn Libraries, and many other Mansfield, eastern Connecticut and state organizations and activities.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Louis Gerson, three children and 11 grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Irish Literature Program, and sent to the UConn Foundation, 2131 Hillside Road, U-206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.

Shea Ralph injured again, will miss season
Women's basketball sophomore standout Shea Ralph has reinjured her right knee and will undergo additional surgery. She will be redshirted for the entire 1997-98 season.

Ralph originally hurt her right knee on March 15, during an NCAA first round tournament game against Lehigh. She tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and was operated on three days later at Windham Community Memorial Hospital. Her rehabilitation therapy since then had progressed on schedule, said Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, UConn's director of sports medicine.

Ralph, a 6-foot guard/forward, was voted the National Freshman of the Year in 1996-97 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and she was also the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. She averaged 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year, shooting 55.5 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the foul line.

Ralph's new injury occurred August 29 while participating in a basketball workout with her UConn women's basketball teammates. She sustained a tear of her ACL graft, which was confirmed during a Magnetic Resonance Imaging study conducted Tuesday.


Changes planned for the Advance In October, the "Campus Chronicles" section will change to a new format. In order to increase the number and range of faculty and staff accomplishments we are able to publish, the Advance invites you to submit your own entries. The section will be divided into appointments, books, grants, presentations, and other publications.

Style guidelines for each of these sections are available from the Advance. Entries typed in Advance style for any of these sections are welcome, and will be published as space permits and in the order in which they are received. Questions may be directed to the Editor at (860) 486-3530.