Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2016 02:40 )
It is with great sadness that I report that Paul Lauer, a long time Wedgwood Collector and WIS Board Member passed awaymorning April 2nd 2016. Graveside funeral services and burial will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1 p.m. in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin,(Middlesex Co.) NJ. We want to keep Elizabeth and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Wedgwood International Seminar
Daisy Wade Bridges
Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2016 20:58 )
With sadness, we report the passing of Daisy Wade Bridges last October at her home in Charlotte, N.C. at the age of 83. She was a life member of the Wedgwood International Seminar, serving on the Board of Governors and as President in 1978 and 1979. At the time of her death she was a Hororary Member of the Board in recognition of her service to our organization and her contributions in the field of ceramic research and study through the decades.
She began collecting Wedgwood Queen's Ware, an interest sparked by her position in 1955 as assistant Manager of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Ltd. in New York City. When she moved to Charlotte in 1960 she founded the Ceramic Circle of Charlotte, and helped bring the Delhom Collection to the Mint Museum. Her interest in ceramics expanded to include Chinese wares, especially teapots, Native american pottery and North Carolina pottery, which became her greatest interest. Much of her collections were gifted to the Mint Museum through the years. Her experience and knowledge of the production and manufacture of many different types of ceramics was awe inspiring, and her kindness and gentle spirit will be missed by many.
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2016 02:43 )
From THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Published: 23 July 2015 10:05 PM
Updated: 25 July 2015 02:36 PM
Barbara Lee Boyd Wedgwood was an author and playwright whose works ranged from a true-crime book about minister Walker Railey to a play about poet Robert Browning.
Wedgwood, 85, died Monday of pneumonia at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake.
A celebration of her life will be at noon Monday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.
Wedgwood was born in Dallas and grew up in Highland Park. She earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree from the University of Texas.
She was a wedding gift buyer for Neiman Marcus when she met her husband-to-be, Hensleigh Wedgwood, president of the North American division of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. He was a direct descendant of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the china business.
The couple married in 1958 and lived in New York, where she was a freelance writer when she happened into a book-writing assignment. It happened at a dinner party, said Suzanne Frank, director of Southern Methodist University's The Writer's Path program.
"She ended up sitting next to Amy Vanderbilt," Frank said. The etiquette authority complimented the former Dallas debutante's manners.
"Amy Vanderbilt said, 'I'm looking for someone to ghostwrite my book; would you do it?'" Frank said. As a result, Wedgwood wrote Vanderbilt's 1965 book, How to Be a More Interesting Woman.
In 1970, the Wedgwoods moved to London, where she earned a doctorate in Victorian literature from the University of London. While going through a Wedgwood family scrapbook, she discovered her husband's great aunt, novelist-philosopher Julia Wedgwood, had had a relationship with Browning.
"I was stunned and didn't realize how intimate they were with Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, George Eliot," Wedgwood said in 1986. "The first letter that fell onto my lap was from Thomas Carlyle telling Julia's mother that he was sorry he couldn't come to tea on such-and-such date."
In 1980, Wedgwood's play Browning's Other Romance was staged in London. She adapted the play for the BBC.
In 1984, the couple moved to Dallas, where she became a leader of SMU's noncredit creative writing program.
Wedgwood changed the lives of thousands of aspiring writers through the program now known as The Writer's Path, said Frank, a former student.
"She believed in me," Frank said.
Wedgwood established a biennial New York book seminar for the young Dallas writers.
"She had an editor's eye for social situations and could see how to fill the gap, how to draw somebody out," Frank said. "She had that kind of graciousness to her."
In 1993, Wedgwood published Demon Inside: The Walker Railey Story, the first book about the 1987 choking of the minister's wife, Peggy Railey, that left her in a vegetative state. The former Methodist minister was acquitted of the crime.
Wedgwood retired from the SMU program in 2003.
"She was funny; she had a wonderful sense of humor," said Colleen Flowers, Wedgwood's friend since childhood. "She was really, really smart. She cared a lot about a lot of people. She had a lot of friends."
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2016 02:43 )
KEITH ALWYN McLEOD Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto
Keith Alwyn McLeod of Toronto died suddenly on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Sunnybrook Hospital at the age of 79. The youngest child of Malcolm Roderick Marshall McLeod and Elizabeth (Betty) Amphlett McLeod, he was born on February 15, 1935 in Marcelin, Saskatchewan. Keith was predeceased by his siblings Roderick, Derril, Doreen, Valerie, and Ian and is survived by his brother Gordon as well as 20 nieces and nephews and 35 great-nieces and nephews.
Keith completed his doctorate in the History of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and joined the Faculty of Education at University of Toronto where he taught until his retirement in 1997. During his career, he was a leader in multicultural and intercultural teacher education, was the founding president of the Ontario Multicultural Association and a president of the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education. He chaired multiple conferences, published extensively in this field and founded the journal Multiculturalism/Multiculturalisme in 1977 for which he was editor until 1992.
Keith had a great interest in Wedgwood pottery, editing some ten years of proceedings of its Annual Seminars, writing many articles, and authoring several books as well as co-curating an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1997.
As well, Keith was a member and school sponsor of the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.) Canada since its inception in 1987, and was awarded the Pacesetter Award for his contributions to the organization in 2003. In 2010 he was named a Patron of the organization.
Keith loved to see the world in all its diversity, travelling extensively to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Iceland, India, Kenya, Norway, Peru, Raasay, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey and Uganda, to name a few. He had a unique sense of humour and enjoyed a broad base of friends locally, nationally and internationally in his life. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched, most especially by his family of friends in Toronto - Ralph, Susan, Jim, Mary, Vandra, Mavis, and the rest of the 'gang.'
An interment service will be held in the VISITATION CENTRE of MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY, 375 Mt. Pleasant Road at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to P.A.C.E. Canada at www.pacecanada.org, an organization whose work was close to his heart. Further information and an opportunity to share condolences, reminiscences, and photographs on his life can be found online at www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=keith-mcleod-phd&pid=173456195&fhid=9911#sthash.aMsOyVyW.dpuf
Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 April 2015 02:06 )
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 June 2013 01:34 )
Can you please pass along to the WIS that Harry Root, who so graciously opened his house and collection to the WIS when we were in Chicago, passed away yesterday.
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Audrey M. Dudson
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:05 )
A note from Lynn Miller:
Oh dear – so I too was the bearer of sad news. Audrey had a stroke just before last Christmas, and then (according to the information we received), experienced a short illness, only a few weeks ago, and died in hospital The funeral service was held in her local parish church. Audrey was both charming and scholarly – it was only her ongoing health problems that prevented her from attending Friends meetings here at the Museum. Sad days indeed.
Love from all, as ever
DUDSON (Audrey Margaret) NEE HAMILTON Peacefully after a short illness on Tuesday September 7th, 2010 at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Audrey, aged 88 years, the devoted wife of the late Derek Dudson and dearly loved mother of Ian, Paul and Max. Audrey will be sadly missed by all her family and fondly remembered by her many friends. Funeral service at St Chad's Parish Church, Longsdon, nr Leek, ST9 9QF, on Monday September 20th, 2010 at 11am followed by cremation at Carmountside Crematorium. Will relatives please accept this intimation, friends kindly meet at the church and afterwards at the BPMF Club, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Breath of Life c/o Tudor Davies Funeral Services. Inquiries to: Barry Davies Tudor Davies Independent Family Funeral Services, The Beeches, 142 Waterloo Road, Burslem. Telephone 01782 811411
Alton C. Powell
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:06 )
Sir Martin Wedgwood
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 November 2012 22:06 )
A sad note from Julian Wedgwood:
"Dear Lovely people;
Yesterday every early in the new day (0110hrs) my brother Martin died as a direct result of prostate cancer discovered a year ago. He was taken into the East Surrey Hospital last Wednesday when a very large cist/growth was discover beneath his lung. The cancer had progressed at great speed to his lungs. He died very peacefully in his sleep."...
"Please contact those who would like to know. Many thanks to all.
Sir Martin's obituary from the Times can be found here.
Sign his guestbook here.