OBITUARIES

TRISHA BROWN 1936-2017

It is with great sadness that we share the loss of dance innovator and Mills College alumna Trisha Brown. Ms. Brown was a friend and member of the Mills Club of New York for many years and a proud alumna of the College. 

 

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to Trisha's family and friends.

For her obituary,

please click on the link below.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/arts/dance/trisha-brown-dead-modern-dance-choreographer.html?_r=0 

Margo Lion ’66, prolific Broadway and off-Broadway producer died on January 25, 2020 after suffering a brain aneurysm. She helped bring Hairspray and Angels in America to the stage.

Kathryn "Katie" Dudley Chase aged 76, of Westport CT died peacefully at home on August 9, 2015. She was born July 10, 1939 in Elizabeth NJ to Kathryn G. and Fred Dudley and grew up in Terre Haute IN graduating from Garfield High School. She received her BA in American Studies in 1961 from Mills College. In 1968 she married William "Bill" Chase. Katie and Bill lived in Atlanta, NYC, Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and for the last 40 years in Westport CT.
Katie worked as copy editor for Little, Brown, Praeger Publishing and Greenwood Press and more recently had her own business as a free lancer. As a lifelong community volunteer, Katie assumed many leadership roles for her college and local Westport organizations. She served as president of the NY Mills Club, and governor for Mills northeast region, president of the Westport Young Women's League, Y's Women of Westport and Staples HS PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Art Collection. For the past 15 years she devoted much of her time to the Westport Historical Society as a board member, secretary, president, vice president of archives and oral history interviewer. She edited society publications and worked with volunteers. Katie was an avid reader and gourmet cook, participating in book clubs and for 20 years helping organize the "Bon Vivant" gourmet eating group. She enjoyed connecting with her extended family and regularly attended large gatherings at the Wayside Family Farm in Nevada MO.
Katie is survived by her husband, Bill Chase; son March Frederick "Erick" Chase, Foxboro MA, and his wife Shannon and grandchildren, Timothy and Layla; sisters, Virginia Dudley and her husband Bill Myers, St. Paul MN, Ann Dudley, Portland OR and brother, Jim Dudley and his wife , Mary, Albuquerque NM; sisters in law, Nancy Chase, Denver CO and Elizabeth Chase, Monson MA; nieces Claire Dudley Chavez, Rosemary Dudley, Ann Myers and Kat Chapman. And one cannot forget her many other first cousins and extended family and best pet, Snowball, the cat. 

 

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory can be made to The Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport CT 06880 or Mills College Alumnae Association at donors@mills.edu.

 

The announcement of Beate Sirota Gordon's death on this last day of 2012 is a very sad one. The following information was sent by Beate's son and daughter:

Beate Sirota Gordon died of pancreatic cancer on December 30th at home, four months after the death of her husband of 63 years, Joseph Gordon.

A public memorial will be held in the future. Please be in touch with Nicole (nicolegordon12@gmail.com) or Geoffrey Gordon (geoffreypaulgordon@gmail.com) if you would like to be alerted to this event.

Meanwhile, the family will be at home on Saturday January 5th from 4-7 p.m. at our parents' apartment at 730 Columbus Avenue, between 95th and 96th Streets, Apt. 14I and on Sunday January 6 from 4-7 pm at Nicole's apartment at 50 West 96th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, Apt. 9A.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to her alma mater Mills College in her memory for the preservation and dissemination of her papers (which will be housed at Mills pursuant to her wishes) and curriculum or programs related to Asian performing arts there; or if in Japan, in her memory to support the preservation of the peace clause, Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, to the "Article Nine Association" ("9-Jo-no-Kai"). (See below for addresses.)

Mills College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, California 94613

Article Nine Association ("9-Jo-no-Kai"), Nishi Kanda 2-57-303, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo, Japan 101-0065

Beate was the special guest at the MCCNY 2011 Auction Benefit. Please go to Photos to see some of her pictures.

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