Gladys Q. Dawson

by Linda Wang
May 13, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 20


Credit: Courtesy of Timothy Dawson
Gladys Dawson

Gladys Q. Dawson, 93, died on Jan. 3 in Houghton, Mich.

“This was my mother, who gave me the gift of life, which I can never fully repay. Professionally, she was an amazing woman who broke down a lot of barriers for women in the sciences. She had one student from Korea who had initially failed freshman chemistry with another professor and who repeated the course with my mom and got an A. The student credits my mom for saving his life. Had he failed, and been forced to go back to Korea, he would have been at great risk.”—Timothy A. Dawson, son

Most recent title: professor of chemistry, Michigan Technological University

Education: B.S., chemistry, 1946, and Ph.D., chemistry, 1951, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Survivors: son, Timothy; one granddaughter

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