Lisa Susan Ede
September 9, 1947 – September 29, 2021
September 29, 2021 – 20 days after her 74th birthday – marked the end of the life of famous university teacher Lisa Ede. In the days following her death, tributes and testimonies flooded the internet, with friends and colleagues across the country (and beyond) who spoke out about what Lisa and her work meant to them, from the many. acts of kindness, mentorship, perseverance the support she was so well known for as an emeritus professor of English at Oregon State University, Lisa was an influential scholar whose research, documented in dozens of books and articles, have received numerous awards from various professional writing and rhetoric associations, literature and writing centers. . Upon her retirement, the State of Oregon hosted “Situating Composition: In Honor of Lisa Ede, a symposium dedicated to her academic work.
Graduating from Findlay High School (Ohio) in 1965, Lisa spent a year at Findlay College before transferring to Ohio State University for her BS in Teaching English. She received her MA in English Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and returned to the State of Ohio to complete her PhD in English Studies in 1975. Her first academic position was at SUNY Brockport, where she completed her PhD in English Studies. taught and administered a writing program until moving. at Oregon State in 1980, where she led the Center for Writing and Learning and continued to thrive as a teacher, researcher and mentor.
Those who knew Lisa well knew that she was sincere, generous and loving. Introduced to the wonders of nature by artist Greg Pfarr, her loving husband of forty-seven years, Lisa was an avid outdoorswoman with a keen appreciation for our natural world. She was a cookbook bitch (later a keen food web watcher) and a fantastic, if not daring, cook and host. She was also a strong supporter of the arts, music, dance and visual arts. And she was an extremely loyal and always caring partner, sister-in-law, aunt, friend and colleague.
Predeceased by her parents, Robert B. and Ann Ruffin Ede, and her brothers, Jeff and Brian, Lisa is survived by her husband Greg; siblings Leni Ede Smith, Andy Ede, Sara Ede Rowekamp, Robin Ede Bravard, Michele Ede Smith, Lori Ede Harple, Julie Ede Campbell, Rob Ede; and many, many beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Donations in Lisa’s memory can be made to the Ede Writing Faculty Support Fund through the OSU Foundation, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333. Donations can also be made online at osufoundation.org. Please note “in memory of Lisa Ede” on the memo line or online form. A memorial service will be held in early summer.
Lisa loved her family, friends and coworkers, and she also loved Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Peace of Wild Things”.
When the despair for the world grows in me
and I wake up at night at the slightest noise
in fear of what my life and that of my children may be,
I’ll lie down where the wood drake
rests in its beauty on the water,
and the great blue heron feeds.
I come in the peace of wild things
who do not tax their life with foresight
grief. I arrive in the presence of plain water.
And I feel the blind stars of the day above me
waiting with their light. For a while
I rest in the grace of the world and I am free.
May Lisa rest in the grace of the world.
Posted by Albany Democrat-Herald on October 17, 2021.