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Langworthy, Audrey

Audrey
Langworthy
Year Inducted: 
2008
Audrey Langworthy
Highlights: 
  • 1984-2001: Kansas State Senator
  • Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Cost Containment
  • Member of the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors
  • Participant of the Health Partnership of Johnson County
  • Recipient of the Red Cross Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership
Biography: 

Audrey Langworthy is most known for her leadership as a Kansas State Senator from 1984-2001, where she served with distinction for four consecutive terms. Graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960 and a Master’s in Educational Psychology and Guidance in 1962, she began her career as a high school English and geography teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. She was elected to the Kansas State Senate in 1984, holding key positions and successfully passing new policies. A colleague, William E. Franklin states, “It was leadership that was still uncommon for a woman to achieve in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Ms. Langworthy is well known for her service to medical and health causes at the community and state levels. She has served on countless committees and boards including the American Red Cross, the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, and the Health Partnership of Johnson County. In addition, Audrey serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Cost Containment. Her service has received recognition and numerous awards including the Red Cross Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership.

A sampling of her other community activities includes the Foundation on Aging, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault of Johnson County, and the Women Leadership Conference of the Americas. Her colleague Gary A. Anderson states, “Most importantly, if she committed to serve on a board or committee, she gave 110% to that organization.”

Considering all of Ms Langworthy’s service, her level of dedication is astounding, making her stand out as a remarkable leader. A friend and colleague, Dr. Joan Hunt, KU Medical Center, best summarized Ms. Langworthy’s leadership and influence: “She is a truly outstanding and exemplary woman graduate of the University of Kansas whose life efforts have had a critical impact on our region and state, and who brings to all of her efforts the outstanding character and judgment of which we can all be proud.”


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