Sister Elaine Cranford, OSB 

May 13, 1909 - December 11, 1999

Sister Elaine Cranford 90, died at Dooley Center, Saturday, Dec.11, 1999. 

Gladys Carolyn, the daughter of Robert and Myrtle Craig Cranford was born in Peoria, Ill., May 13, 1909. After graduation from Mount St. Scholastica Academy in 1928, she joined the Benedictine Sisters and made her monastic profession in 1931. She was graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1934 and received a master's degree from Creighton University in 1947. She pursued graduate work through National Science Foundation grants in chemistry at St. Louis University; St. Louis Mo.; Kansas State University, Manhattan; and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; and in physics at Fordham University, New York. She also did research in nuclear physics at the Argonne National Laboratories, Argonne, Ill., through grants from NSF and the Atomic Energy Commission. 

Sister Elaine taught at missions of the Benedictine Sisters in Kansas. Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri, spending many years at Donnelly College of which she was a founding member. She was also a founding member of LeBlond High School, St. Joseph, Mo. In 1972 she retired from teaching and became an assistant in the clinic of Dooley Center with the care of the sick and elderly and was director of the Atchison Oblates from 1985 to 1989. She was active in the American Heart Association and Shepherd's Center of Atchison and served two terms as president of the latter. For a number of years she held membership in the American Benedictine Academy, the American Chemical Society, and was a charter member of the Phi chapter of Sigma Delta Epsilon, an honorary society for women in science. 

Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica. 

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.