Gaddis, Lella R. (1877-1968) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Name: Gaddis, Lella R. (1877-1968)
Fuller Form: Lella Reed Gaddis
Historical Note: Lella Gaddis was born May 29, 1877, in Rossville, Indiana, and was a member of a prominent Tippecanoe County pioneer family. She graduated from the old Lafayette High School in 1896 and attended Purdue University from 1913 to 1915. Professor Gaddis taught in the Purdue summer school in 1914, and assisted in training the first home economics vocational teachers in the state. She was appointed state leader of Home Demonstration Agents in 1917, a post which she held until her retirement in 1947. Professor Gaddis was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Home Economics Association, Indiana Home Economics Association of which she was honorary president, Indiana Federation of Clubs, Alpha Chi Omega, Altrusa Club, Purdue Women's Club, and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and Lafayette Art Association. She died on January 16, 1968, after an illness of three weeks, in the Knights of Pythias Home where she had been a resident for one year. She had no immediate survivors.