Alice L. Kibbe

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Alice L. Kibbe
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Born (1881-06-27)June 27, 1881
Bridgewater, South Dakota
Died January 21, 1969(1969-01-21) (aged 87)
Belmingham, Washington
Nationality American

M.A. University of Washington 1914

Ph.D. Cornell University 1926
Alma mater University of Washington
Cornell University
Occupation botanist
Years active 1920-1956

Dr. Alice Lovina Kibbe (27 June 1881 – 21 January 1969) was an American botanist, and Professor and Chair of Biology at Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois from 1920 to 1956. She was noted in the region as a natural historian, philanthropist and traveler, and for her role as an early female academic leader.


She graduated from State Normal School, and from the University of Washington in 1910 with A.B. and in 1920 with M.A., and Cornell University in 1920 with M.S. and in 1926 with Ph.D. thesis "A Plant Survey of Hancock Co., Illinois".[1]

When Carthage College relocated in 1964, Dr. Kibbe returned to her native state of Washington, dedicating much of her local property to public use. Her donation of a wooded tract on the Mississippi River near Warsaw, Illinois formed the core of the 7-square-kilometer (2.7 sq mi) Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Research Station, operated by Western Illinois University.[2] Dr. Kibbe's extensive personal natural history collections are housed in the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum in Carthage.


  1. ^ Morris, Everett F. (1969). "Alice Lovina Kibbe 1881–1969" (PDF). Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science. 62 (4): 339–341. 
  2. ^ Joy Swearingen (November 14, 2007). "WIU celebrates 40th year for Kibbe Life Sciences Station". Hancock County Journal-Pilot. 

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