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Robert (Lex) DilworthRemembering Robert (Lex) Dilworth

Lex Dilworth, a good friend of AHRD, passed away on June 6, 2009, at the age of 72. Lex was known to many in the Academy, and was a well-loved and well-respected member of the wider HRD community. He was an amazing man with a rich background. Lex served on active duty in the U.S. Army for over 31 years achieving the rank of Brigadier General and, near the end of his military career, he served as The 54th Adjutant General of the Army (a position dating back to 1775). Following his military service, he received his doctorate from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the School of Education. Many AHRD members know Lex best for his passions in two areas: Action Learning (where he co-wrote a successful book with Verna Willis, and was a respected action learning practitioner), and Research-to-Practice (where he chaired the former ASTD Research-to-Practice Committee). Lex was most active in AHRD during the mid-to-late 1990s when he ran two action learning pre-conferences, as well as sessions and pre-conferences on globalization and research-to-practice. He retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus in 2005, but remained active in action learning and through his writing. Throughout, Lex remained a model scholar-practitioner with a passion for learning. His impact will be felt for a long time to come, both through his body of work and, more importantly, through the way he impacted the lives of his fellow professionals and friends. We will miss him and never forget him.

Darren Short
John Bing
Mike Marquardt
On behalf of all who knew and loved Lex


Dr. Sharon GibsonIn Memory of Dr. Sharon Gibson

Dr. Sharon Klatzko Gibson, an associate professor in the Organization Learning and Development Department in the University of St. Thomas' College of Applied Professional Studies, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Sharon earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2000 after many successful years as manager of human resources in two Minneapolis-based corporations. She began her academic career at The University of St. Thomas in 2000 where she was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award and was widely appreciated for her teaching abilities.

Sharon was known for her capacity to bridge her experience in human resource management with a deep knowledge of human resource development and adult education. Her areas of specialty were mentorship and leadership and she was a 2003 Recipient of the AHRD Top 10 Cutting Edge Paper Award. She was also highly skilled in phenomenology—leading candidates through phenomenological dissertations and providing consult to many people in HRD around phenomenology. She was active in AHRD for many years, including serving on the Leadership Committee of the Program Excellence Network, Chair of the Elections Issues Committee, Chair of the Outstanding Book of the Year Committee, and she was also a member of the Editorial Board of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Sharon was a scholar and a mentor and excelled in those endeavors. She was a consummate partner—continually seeking collaboration to enrich scholarship and setting a model for how to do it well. Her intellectual curiosity, pure kindness, generosity of spirit, and contributions to the field, AHRD, her students, and her colleagues will always be remembered.

Wendy Ruona (Friend and Research Partner, The University of Georgia)
John Conbere (Friend and Sharon’s Department Chair, The University of St. Thomas)
Shari Petersen (Friend and Sharon’s Major Professor at the University of Minnesota)

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