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WALDORF, Louise Francelia

Saturday, June 24, 2000

Louise Francelia Waldorf was born to William A. and Flora Mae Hall Waldorf on Oct. 23, 1909 in Indianapolis, Ind. She died on June 24, 2000, at her home in Chickasha.

At the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla., she was one of the most important figures in the college’s music department history. She taught instrumental music here from 1932-73.

Miss Waldorf graduated from the Technical High School in Indianapolis, attended DePaw University, and in 1931 received her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College. She completed her master’s degree at Oberlin in 1932. She also studied in Belgium, at the Julliard School of Music, the University of Southern California, Harvard, and Columbia Universities.

She played the violin professionally in a dozen orchestras here and abroad. In Oklahoma, she played for 28 years with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra in Oklahoma City, and several years with the Lawton Philharmonic. In 1981, long after her retirement, she was named teacher of the year by the American String Teachers Association.