In Memoriam: Le Ganschow

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By Elke Schneider

Septemer 2017

On May 20th 2017, the IDA community lost Dr. Leonore Ganschow, professor Emerita of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, to a short but violent battle with cancer. She transitioned in the comforting presence of her husband, two children, and five grandchildren in her daughter’s home in Chicago.

We will miss her vibrant, passionate personality greatly and thank her for her invaluable contributions to the field of dyslexia, especially in the area of the interdisciplinary field of dyslexia and foreign/second language learning. During the height of her career, Le served on the Board of IDA (1992-98)  and as a Vice President of IDA. She started and directed the Scottish Rite Children’s Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the early 90s and trained hundreds of preservice and inservice teachers in the Orton Gillingham approach.

Le also was a prolific writer with over 60 publications in prestigious academic journals. After retirement, she continued to serve as editor of IDA’s scientific journal, the Annals of Dyslexia, and expanded her musical talents as choir director and pianist.

Many will know and miss Le as a mentor to colleagues and young scholars all over the world. It is now up to us left behind, to carry on her mission for improving the lives of people with dyslexia and life itself with the contagious enthusiasm she always displayed. Thank you, Le. We will miss you greatly!

Elke Schneider received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics in 1997 from the University of Eichstäett, Germany where she specialized in foreign/second language learning and learning disabilities. Over the past 23 years, she has published and presented nationally and internationally on this topic. In the US and in Europe, she has taught foreign and second languages, special education and literacy education courses. As full Professor at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.A., she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Special Education, English Literacy Education, and English as a Second Language in R. W. Riley College of Education.

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