January 2018

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January 2018

In Memoriam

Doris Einstein Siegel

USITT mourns the loss of one of our earliest members Doris Einstein Siegel. Doris joined the Institute in June of 1961.

Doris Siegel passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Doris was born in Germany and was the daughter of Irene and Gustav. Doris was wife of Abraham (deceased) and sister to Hans (deceased), and Gudi (deceased). She was mother to Deborah and Joshua and grandmother to Ellie. In 1966, Doris joined the Dance Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, working with a team of remarkable women leading a new and exciting field of artistic expression. Doris was a full-time Professor of Dance at the University. She lit and designed every UCLA Dance Company performance for more than 20 years. She was an active member of Temple Beth Israel and was especially proud of Ellie having her Bat Mitzvah there in 2016. A special thank you to Tissie for her care and concern over the last 10 years. Aleha HaShalom.

View the obituary in full - Published in The Fresno Bee on Nov. 12, 2017.

David William Weiss

USITT pays respects to past USITT board member, David William Weiss.

David William Weiss, 89, died on Dec. 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. As a member of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, David also served on the board of directors. His work with USITT brought him to the attention of its Scandinavian equivalent, and David was invited to speak at the inaugural session of that organization, NOTT 83, in Stockholm in 1983. He was honored by USITT in 1997 for his work on the design of the Miller Performing Arts Center at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. A celebration of David's life will be held at a later date. Interment will take place in Alfred, New York.

View the obituary in full - Published in The Daily Progress Dec. 20, 2017.