PROFESSOR EMERITA DR. GLORIA HORRWORTH-WEISSBRODT
PASSES AWAY AT AGE 86
Dr. Gloria Horrworth, retired professor in the field of reading education and long-serving faculty member of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), died on March 30, 2018 in Hagerstown, MD at the age of 86.
In the mid-70s, Dr. Horrworth helped launch School of Education’s first Reading Center, a funded project with the help of her colleague, Dr. Florence Hesser. The goal was to provide literacy tutoring to children from all corners of the city—from at-risk youth in southeast DC to the White House that included President and Mrs. Carter’s 10-year old daughter Amy.
In the early 80s, Dr. Horrworth authored publications that correlated reading skills with effective age-appropriate activities (Inside Out: Skilpak) to studying how children developed their sense of humor (The role of conceptual thinking in the development of a sense of humor in children, Journal for the Education of the Gifted).
Dr. Horrworth’s passion for reading and literacy in children was magnanimously matched by her spirit of philanthropy. As a member of the George Washington Society, she remained a major donor of the University and its many initiatives as well as the school in which she devoted and contributed almost four decades of accomplishment and commitment. Dr. Horrworth established four endowed funds during the course of her tenure at GSEHD: