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Memorial Service at Reunion 2011 to Celebrate the Lives of Antiochians and Friends

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – June 1, 2011 – Antioch College will hold a memorial at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, for alumni, faculty, and friends of the College who died in the last year. Al Denman, emeritus professor of philosophy, will officiate.

The service, which will be held in the Coretta Scott King Center, will celebrate the lives of Jessie J. Poesch '44; Manning Marable; Tom Ayrsman; Irwin Abrams; Charlotte Breckenridge ’49; Faith 'Bunny' Crumpacker ’55; Meredith “Dal” Dallas; and others.

The public is invited to share stories or other remembrances.

Also that day:

The family of the late Meredith “Dal” Dallas, a professor of drama, will hold a special memorial for him at 2 p.m. in the Glen Helen building.

Dallas was at the College from 1945 until his retirement in the 1970s. Dallas and Arthur Lithgow founded Antioch College’s Shakespeare Under the Stars in 1952, where they both acted and directed on a stage constructed against the massive stone steps of Main Building. Between 1952 and 1958, a company of professional actors, students and villagers presented all of Shakespeare’s plays. This was the first time in the United States that all of Shakespeare’s plays had been presented one after the other in one location.

Then in 1961, using a similar mix of professional actors and students, Dallas spearheaded six years of plays in the Antioch Amphitheatre — presenting five shows a summer, ranging from the Greeks and Shakespeare to Genet and Beckett. Dallas usually directed three of the shows and acted in a fourth — sometimes directing and acting simultaneously. On retirement from the College, he was a therapist in private practice for about twenty years, having obtained a Ph.D. from the Gestalt Institute.

Gariot P. Louima 

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