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Ronnye Lee Russell ’72

Ronnye Lee Russell ’72, May 10, 1994, from Hodgkins Disease. Ronnye attended Brooklyn College, before a course director at the college recognized her need for new challenges, and introduced her to Reed. She received a BA in psychology from Reed, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She also focused on the study of calligraphy at the college, and took additional classes at the Portland Art Museum School. In 1975 she received a BFA from the University of Arizona, in scientific illustration and photography. Beginning in 1975 she served as the arts coordinator for the University of Arizona Student Union, for which she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her illness, diagnosed in 1978, required that she leave the position in 1979 and continue her freelance work in calligraphy, illumination, watercolor, airbrush, and graphic design and production. She taught calligraphy for the Tucson Parks Department, and was a member of the Calligraphy Society of America, and the Society of Scribes in New York and in Arizona. Ronnye's work is in private collections in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, and New York.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2004

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