Death notice of Edra Bogle (1934 – 2021) – Denton, TX
Edra Charlotte Bogle, 87, of Denton, Texas, died on September 13, 2021 in Fairhaven Denton. She was born in Des Moines, IA on January 4, 1934, the only daughter of John Paul and Mary Mildred (Hastings) Bogle. His grandmother, Julia Eaton, helped raise him. She is predeceased by her immediate family as well as her friend, companion and husband, Tom Cain.
Edra received a BA (Iowa State Teachers College / University of Northern Iowa, 1956); a master’s degree in library science (Columbia University); and a doctorate in comparative literature (University of Southern California, 1968).
She was a faculty member in the English Department at the University of North Texas 1970-2004, where her service included a tour as the first Women’s Studies Coordinator. She has served on the English Department’s Steering Committee and the Faculty’s Senate. Edra was one of the first Texas faculty members to speak out publicly as an LGBTQ + person.
Edra has frequently presented articles and held various elected positions for the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA). She was editor-in-chief of the MLA Gay Caucus and received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Who’s Who in Library and Higher Education. In addition, she was an indexer for the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature from 1972 to 1984, and associate editor of the 3rd edition of Halkett & Laing’s Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature in 1980.
Edra was an active member of the Denton Chapter of the National Organization for Woman (NOW) and attended the Dallas Gay Alliance and the Second Texas Gay Conference in Austin. She also helped revive the Denton Gay Alliance at UNT.
1986-87, Edra co-chaired the Lesbian / Gay Democrats of Texas and led the Denton County Rainbow Coalition for Jesse Jackson as President of the 1988 Democratic Primary. She helped create the Denton Chapter of the Democrats of Stonewall and became their first president. She was also constituency president of the Denton County Democratic Party for several years and county president from 2003 to 2006. She ran for the State Board of Education in 2006.
A commemorative rally will be held at a later date. Please contribute to an LBGTQ + organization of your choice in his honor.
Published by Denton Record-Chronicle October 9-10, 2021.