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Gast, Ellen Hartman Pearey

 Person

Ellen Hartman Pearey Gast was selected as the 1930's decade UNO Legendary Women because she thrived at UNO during the Great depression. She had a zest for life. She saw the value and importance of education and effective communication and the arts as the great defense in tough economic times. She saw the value of a great book or newspaper articles as tools to inspire and encourage citizens to transcend through the tough times. Ellen spent a lifetime communicating these lessons to others.



Ellen was a strong promoter of the importance of education. She taught 38 years in the Omaha public school system and was known by many as Omaha's Dean of journalism. She was a mentor to numerous news professionals and her former students recall fondly her attention to detail. She was respected for her red pen and her superior editing skills. In 1996 she was recognized for her excellence in teaching by being named by the Omaha World-Herald Outstanding Nebraska Teacher of the Year.



She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and nurturer of hundreds of young students. She balanced work and family at a time when most of her peers were forced to choose.



Her love of sports was illustrated by being a life-long booster at weekly high school and UNO sporting events. She involved herself in university activities before and after her graduation, serving as the President of the Alumni Association in 1971-72. Ellen was a life-long learner, avid reader, and she embraced the importance of understanding our global society by annually traveling to foreign countries. Ellen was an active community volunteer and she believed in the value of giving back to the community she lived in. Her leadership skills were recognized when she was asked to serve on the board of trustees for the YMCA and Douglas County Hospital.



Source: University of Nebraska at Omaha, "Ellen Hartman Pearey Gast, 1916-1996," Legendary Women of UNO, 2012, http://www.unomaha.edu/legendarywomen/ellen/.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Ellen Hartman Pearey Gast Collection, UNO's 3rd Legendary Woman, 2012

 Series — Box: 3
Scope and Contents

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman, who must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. The Legendary Woman is revealed at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).



The UNO Legendary Women Collection includes historical source material, such as papers and ...

UNO Legendary Women Collection

 Collection
Identifier: UNO-0158
Scope and Contents

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman, who must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. The Legendary Woman is revealed at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).



The UNO Legendary Women Collection includes historical source material, such as papers and ...