Valdosta Daily Times


March 12, 2014

Dr. Sarah Beverly Gulley

VALDOSTA — Dr. Sarah Beverly Gulley of Chicago, Ill.,  passed away Sunday after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Beverly was born to the late Reynolds Gunter and Floride (Joyce) Gunter, in Valdosta, Ga. After graduating from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., with a BA in Religious Studies, Beverly attended Northwestern University where she met her husband, Gerry Gulley. Beverly went on to receive her MA in Education from Indiana University and a PhD in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

After completing her doctorate degree, Beverly became a professor of Early Childhood Education at SIU where she worked for 20 years. During her service there, she was awarded Professor of the Year for her outstanding work in administration, grant writing, and project coordination. She pioneered Early Childhood Projects through the state of Illinois.  

In 1996, she became Dean of the School of Education at St. Xavier University Chicago for the last 17 years. While at SXU, Beverly worked to help the school become accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national accreditation ensures that the School of Education is providing high quality education to prepare future teachers, specialists, and administrators.  SXU become one of 23 universities out of 59 in the state of Illinois to gain accreditation.

An accomplishment Beverly was especially proud of was the creation of the Barbara Vick Early Childhood and Family Center. This center was created to help children between the ages of three and five years old who have been diagnosed with special needs.  

Beverly dedicated so much of her life to Saint Xavier’s School of Education and inspired so many future educators along the way. She was the longest serving Dean of Education in the state of Illinois. Another accomplishment she was very proud of.

Beverly was also an amazing wife to her husband and mother to her two daughters. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them.

Beverly is survived by her husband Gerry; daughter and son-in-law Kristen and Eric Marquardt of Chicago, and daughter and son-in-law Megan and Matt Sutherlin of Redmond, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Bev Gulley St. Xavier Student Scholarship Fund, School of Education.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the McDonough Chapel at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

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