Edna Hood Memorial Fund

Woman and dog


In establishing this Field of Interest Fund as part of her legacy, Edna Hood created a way to support music and literacy in the Chippewa Valley for years to come.

Edna also created Aubre's Fund, a Field of Interest Fund in memory of her little sister, Aubre Marilyn Hood, who died as an infant. Its purpose is to help enhance the quality of life for children and companion animals in the greater Eau Claire area.

Edna was born in Corsicana, Texas, to Leona (Skelton) and Reuben Thomas Hood on May 22, 1933. She grew up in various parts of Texas and graduated from high school in Sherman, Texas. She attained her Bachelor's Degree from Austin College and went on to attain a Master's Degree from the University of Boulder and a Doctorate from UW-Madison.

In 1965, Edna joined the English Department faculty at UW-Eau Claire, where she was loved and respected by her students and colleagues. She retired as a full professor in 1994.

Edna loved to travel and spent many summers visiting friends and traveling in Europe with her companion Jeanne and other friends. She also loved music and theatre. Some of her favorite trips included concerts and theatre performances in London, New York, The Kennedy Center, and The Guthrie in Minneapolis.

Although she passed away on Sep. 8, 2014, Edna will be long remembered for her generosity. She was passionate in her support of organizations and causes that were important to her. Among other things, Edna was an active member of Clear Water Kiwanis and the Eau Claire County Democratic Party for many years. She was also a member of the Eau Claire Community Foundation's Legacy Society as well as a Founder and member of the Women's Giving Circle.

In establishing this fund, Edna has ensured that her generosity will live on for years to come.