Category Archives: Transitions

In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art '78)

Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art '78), a former lecturer in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the College of Design, died on March 28, 2014 after a courageous but brutally short journey with Leiomyosarcoma. She had many overlapping careers as a remarkable artist and insightful teacher. She taught design, painting, drawing, color theory, and fashion illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of St. Catherine, and finally at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel. She was a consummate clothing designer and tailor who blossomed in her ultimate creative calling designing costumes for VISTA Theater Productions.Read MoreA celebration of her life will be held at the Convent…

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In Memoriam: Charlotte Jirousek (M.A. Home Economics '82, PhD DHA '88)

Charlotte Ann Jirousek (M.A. Home Economics '82, PhD DHA '88), Associate Professor and Curator at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, died February 12, 2014 of a sudden severe heart attack. She was 75. Charlotte was born in 1938 and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Hamline University, and was part of the folk blues revival scene. She served in Peace Corps Turkey, and her lifelong passionate love of that country inspired much of her research and writing. Having been a social worker, mother, fiber artist, and leading member of the Minnesota weaving and crafts community, she completed her PhD in Applied Design at the University of Minnesota at the age of forty-four,…

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In Memoriam: U of M Foundation Leader Robert J. Odegard

Robert J. Odegard, age 92, of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully among family and friends, following a full life of service to community, state, and country. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, farmer, naval officer, automobile dealer, legislator, stockbroker, and celebrated fundraiser for the University of Minnesota, Bob's charisma and persistence propelled him to the top of every field in which he endeavored. With his wife Barbara at his side, Odegard engaged leaders from Minnesota's highest echelons in business, politics and education. In 2000, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his distinguished career at the University of Minnesota Foundation. Odegard found his calling at the University. "Education is the Lord's work. The entire concept…

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