Elizabeth "Libby" Gardner, 55, a Salt Lake community leader at the time her husband, David P. Gardner, was University of Utah president, died Friday, Feb. 8, 1991, in Berkeley, Calif., of heart failure.

The funeral will be at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Interstake Center of the Oakland, Calif., Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4780 Lincoln Ave. For further funeral information, friends may contact the Laurel Funeral Chapel, Oakland, at (415) 532-6068.At both the University of Utah, where her husband was president from 1973 to 1983, and at the University of California, where he has been president since 1983, the Gardners were known as an administrative team. Mrs. Gardner oversaw arrangements for visits from distinguished scholars, ambassadors, heads of state and royalty. Her role was officially recognized in November 1987, when the University of California named her associate to the president.

"We are all diminished by the loss of Libby Gardner," said U. President Chase Peterson. "In the passing of this remarkable woman, the U. and thousands of Libby's colleagues in education, church, community and (the) nation have lost a strong and able and a gracious friend too soon. Those qualities live on in our memory and in our lives."

Even after moving to California, Mrs. Gardner continued as a member of the U.'s Health Sciences Council and as a consultant to the trustees of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values. Last year, she oversaw the purchase and donation of a facsimile of the Book of Kells, a famous 8th century illuminated manuscript, to the U.'s Marriott Library.

Previously, she served on the board of the Salt Lake Community Services Council, and was a member of the U.'s Women's Club and an honorary member of the Utah Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

She attended Stanford University, Brigham Young University and graduated from the University of California with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.

Mrs. Gardner and her husband had four daughters.