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Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43

Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43, October 27, 2009, in Houston, Texas, from pulmonary complications. Marilois' passion for piano led to her the Juilliard School before she enrolled at Reed, where she earned a BA in English literature. In 1941, she married Frank A. Kierman Jr. MA ’43, whose work for the State Department led to assignments in Nanking, Hong Kong, Karachi, Nairobi, Khartoum, and Washington, D.C. In 1965, she earned an MA in music from American University. After Frank retired, the couple moved to New Jersey, and Marilois became organist and piano instructor at the Lawrenceville School (1967–92). Following Frank's death in 1992, she moved to Houston, where she worked with the Houston Ballet Academy and as organist at Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son and daughter, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. We thank Marilois' son-in-law, Norman Fischer, for supplying the details for this in memoriam.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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