Summarized by Kent Larsen
Pioneering Southern Nevada science teacher Wilkinson dies
Las Vegas NV Sun 25Aug99 L5
By Ed Koch: Las Vegas Sun
Pioneering Las Vegas science teacher Lelwin Wilkinson died on
Saturday, August 21st following a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
Wilkinson was a long time science teacher at Robert O. Gibson Junior
High School, where he worked from 1963 to 1979, starting the biology
course there after heading the science department at Western High
School. In 1968 he was recognized as outstanding biology teacher in
Wilkinson was a member of the LDS Church who devoted more than 5
decades to teaching youth in Nevada, Utah and Arizona. He graduated
in 1939 from Utah State University, and married the same year in the
St. George Temple.
Family members say that Wilkinson will be remembered most for his
teaching. "Teaching and farming were always in Dad's blood," said son
Verl Wilkinson, "He was an excellent teacher who started a lot of
programs in Las Vegas, including the debate team at Gibson, which won
awards here and in California.
After he retired from teaching, Wilkinson taught sunday school,
played in small community bands, and wrote poetry, winning national
contest and getting a book of poetry published in 1998 by the
International Library of Poetry.