Lasting Memories

Shirley Christian Ledgerwood
April 9, 1915-Jan. 3, 2013
Palo Alto, California

Mrs. Shirley Christian Ledgerwood of Palo Alto passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2013. She was 97 years old. She was the wife of Dr. John S. Ledgerwood (1912-2005), a dentist for many years in Palo Alto.

Mrs. Ledgerwood moved with her family to 2050 Waverley St. in Palo Alto in 1952. She was a native of Monterey, Tennessee. She was active for many years in the Bay Area working for world peace and was at one time active with the Girl Scouts, the PTA and the United World Federalists.

A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. At the age of 21 in 1936, while living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and favoring integration, she joined the NAACP. She received Masters Degrees in English and Librarianship, attending the University of Tennessee, the University of Colorado, the University of California Berkeley, and Harvard University. She taught English at San Jose State University for five years and at Foothill College for 25 years. She will be fondly remembered by many of her students as a vibrant and engaging teacher. She was also a librarian at Woodside and Portola Valley Libraries, and was a research librarian for the Santa Clara County Libraries at Cupertino and Saratoga. She had articles and stories for children published by the Pilgrim Press. She also had several poems published. She was the author of a published novel entitled "Thy Brothers Blood." In 1995 she compiled a collection of poems by and a biographical sketch of author Catherine Marshall, her longtime friend and roommate at Agnes Scott College, published under the title "Unlocked Dreams." Shirley also organized a book club in Palo Alto that was active for more than 54 years.

She is survived by her three children, Pamela Ledgerwood, Chris Ledgerwood and April Robinson; as well as by her six grandchildren, Lynette, Todd, Nicholas, Amy, Ana and Reid; and by her four great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Liam and Cai.