Lois Virginia Edinger died on Dec. 20. She was a professor of education at Woman’s College, beginning in 1962 and retired from UNCG in 1988. During the early 1960s, Edinger served as a high school history instructor for the Governor’s Commission for Educational Television’s “in-school TV experiment,” teaching classes via television on WUNC-TV. She served a one year term as the president of the National Education Association (NEA), and her lobbying efforts during that time are credited with helping to pass President Johnson’s aid-to-education bill in 1965.
In 1966, she received the O. Max Gardner Award, which is the highest honor the UNC System can bestow on one of its faculty members. Edinger also served as a representative of the Associated Schools Project sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In that capacity, she traveled to Pakistan, Kenya, and Malaysia, to exchange materials, methods, and curriculum models with participating schools and instructors in an effort to broaden intercultural education. In the late 1970s and through 1980, Edinger worked as director of a federal grant program to develop international studies facilities for a consortium of area colleges and universities, including UNCG, N.C. A&T, Guilford College, Greensboro College, High Point College, and Bennett College.
Information and copy drawn from The Encyclopedia of UNCG History.