Dr. Crystal Theodore Obituary
 
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Dr. Crystal Theodore

July 27, 1917 - November 9, 2012
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Dr. Crystal Theodore, 95, a resident of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012. A daughter of the late James V. and Florence G. Bell Theodore, she was born on July 27, 1917 in Greenville, SC. Dr. Theodore received her bachelor's degree from Winthrop College (now University) and her master's and doctorate from Columbia University, NY, as well as advanced credits in painting at the University of Georgia. Her career included art professorships at Winthrop, Huntingdon College (AL), East Tennessee State and James Madison University. She served as head of the art departments of the last three. She also was Visiting...
Dr. Crystal Theodore, 95, a resident of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012.

A daughter of the late James V. and Florence G. Bell Theodore, she was born on July 27, 1917 in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Theodore received her bachelor's degree from Winthrop College (now University) and her master's and doctorate from Columbia University, NY, as well as advanced credits in painting at the University of Georgia. Her career included art professorships at Winthrop, Huntingdon College (AL), East Tennessee State and James Madison University. She served as head of the art departments of the last three. She also was Visiting Professor of Art for one term aboard the World Campus Afloat, sponsored at that time by Chapman College, CA. In addition, she initiated, produced and moderated television shows in Tennessee and Virginia over both commercial stations and PBS.

Academic honors included four grants from the Carnegie Foundation, a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, a grant from The Educational Foundation of the American Association of University Women. Her biography is included in several publications, among them both the initial and millennial editions of Who's Who of American Women and almost all of its intervening editions. She is listed as both an educator and an artist.

Non-academic career pursuits included working as a junior engineering draftsman at Tennessee Valley Authority. During World War II she served in the U. S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve as Coordinator of Topographical Intelligence in the Office of the Commandant in Washington, DC. (First Lieutenant, USMC).

Her paintings were exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, and are in collections in NY, MI, NC, SC, PA, CA WV, and VA. Locally, three of her works are in the library of Muhlenburg Lutheran Church, where she was a member. She authored several articles for professional magazines and served in various offices in a number of organizations, such as The Southeastern College Arts Association. In 2000, she led the group which established OASIS, a cooperative art gallery in downtown Harrisonburg and she served as its president for several years.

Dr. Theodore was a member of several organizations including American Mensa Limited, Kappa Pi, Pi Lambda Theta, Eta Sigma Phi, The Rockingham Council of the Arts, Central Shenandoah Arts, and the Virginia Watercolor Society among others. She served on the national state and branch boards of directors of the American Association of University of Women.

She is survived by a sister, Dr. Doris T. Poole of Chapel Hill, NC; niece, Sarah P. Stutts of Charlotte, NC; four great nephews.

Dr. Theodore will be cremated at Lindsey Funeral Homes & Crematory in Harrisonburg and there will be no services, per her wishes.

Friends may make memorial contributions to a favorite charity in her memory.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

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