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Michel Ann Royston ’68

Michel Ann Royston ’68, December 4, 2008, at a friend's home in Redding, California. Mikie Royston attended Reed and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She studied with metalsmith John Marshall at the University of Washington, and graduated with a degree in metal design in 1973. In 1975, she moved to Hat Creek in eastern California; she was a leader in the Hat Creek General Plan, working to preserve the natural beauty of the area. In her Hat Creek studio, she created hand-forged jewelry and sterling flatware. Mikie's work was recognized by the American Crafts Council and is in collections throughout the U.S., including that of the Smithsonian Institute. Friend Sherry Charles ’69, who provided the details for this memorial, noted that Mikie's opinions were strong, “and she never minced words,” yet her love of people was unaffected by pettiness or prejudice. She also loved dancing, and waltzed during the last week of her life. Survivors include her son, and a sister and brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2009

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