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College Mourns the Passing of Flo K. Gault '48

A true life-long learner and a Scot forever

April 18, 2013 by John Hopkins
Stan and Flo Gault at the dedication of the Gault Alumni Building

Stan and Flo Gault at the opening of the Gault Alumni Center in 1993

WOOSTER, Ohio, April 18, 2013 – Flo K. Gault ’48 passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 16, surrounded by her family. She was 86.

“Flo Gault was one of the most gracious, warm, and wise women I have ever met,” said Grant H. Cornwell, president of The College of Wooster. “From the moment we arrived in Wooster, she made Peg and me feel welcome and we both have valued her good counsel and good cheer throughout these years. I am very proud to count Flo among Wooster’s most distinguished alumni.”

Born Flo Lucille Kurtz in Canal Fulton, Ohio, on Feb. 11, 1927, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of Wooster in 1948. It was also at Wooster that she met her future husband, Stanley C. Gault ’48. They married in 1949.

Prior to the birth of their children, Flo Gault was a secondary school English teacher. Thereafter, she worked to support her husband in his career, and together they were full partners in the planning and decision-making involved in dozens of projects and programs that have had an enormous positive impact on their alma mater, in the Wooster community, and beyond.

When the Gaults graduated from Wooster in 1948, the senior Independent Study project had just been introduced as an option, not a requirement, for all graduates. Flo Gault did not exercise the option then, but 40 years later, she returned to complete an I.S., entitled “The Wesleyan Influence on Two 19th Century Authors,” with Professor David Moldstad, now a professor emeritus, as her advisor. A life-long learner, she continued to research three of her favorite authors, John Wesley, William Wordsworth, and George Eliot, until her final days. The Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study on Wooster’s campus, which opened in 1995, is a fitting tribute to her intellectual curiosity and love of learning.

At a dinner last month honoring his four decades of service as a College trustee, Stan Gault, chairman of the board emeritus, observed, “Although I thoroughly enjoyed my days at Wooster, my greatest accomplishment was persuading a very attractive young woman — Flo Lucille Kurtz — to marry me.”

The Gault family will receive friends at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., in Wooster on Sunday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., in Wooster, with the Rev. Dr. David Wilcox officiating.

A complete obituary may be found here.