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Donna M. Horie, former faculty

Donna M. Horie, a fiber artist, art historian and dancer, died at home in Santa Fe, NM on June 8, 2017 after a long illness. A native of Minneapolis, MN., she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy and Aesthetics in 1952 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

She was on the faculty at Antioch College from 1953 to 1963 and studied at the school of dance at Connecticut College for Women in New London, earning a teaching certificate there in 1958. Donna developed an interest in Japanese culture that culminated in a 1961-1962 trip to Japan and Hong Kong on a Ford Foundation grant. In Kyoto she earned a master certificate in tea ceremony and flower arrangement and completed an apprenticeship in the design department of Kawashima Silk Co.

After her return from Japan, Donna studied intermediate written Japanese at the Yale University Summer Language Institute. There she met Japanese physicist Yasuyuki Horie, and the two married on Aug. 9, 1964. In 1966, Donna and Yasuyuki moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where her husband had accepted a visiting lectureship. Their daughter, Kimiyo Bonnie, was born later that year. The Hories settled in 1969 in Raleigh, NC, where Yasuyuki became professor of engineering mechanics at North Carolina State University. There, Donna created a fiber arts studio for herself and a new weaving department at the NCSU craft center, advised on the university's Asian textile collection, and did textile conservation and exhibition design for the visual arts department.

Donna served on the summer faculties at Brookfield Craft Center (1975-76); Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (1983); and Penland School of Crafts (1983). She also served as adjunct curator of textiles at Duke University Museum of Art, where she created 14 textile exhibitions. Donna's weavings were shown in numerous private exhibits and in many juried and invitational exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Denver Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art and the School of Arts and Architecture, Yale University.

The Hories frequented Santa Fe over the years, and moved there permanently in 2014 to be close to daughter Bonnie and her husband Tony Bennett. By then, Donna could no longer weave nor dance, but she never lost her grace, joie de vivre and creative spirit. Donna was an inspiration to many who crossed her path. Pray that her soul be at peace in the Great Beyond.

Donna is survived by her husband, and daughter Kimiyo Bonnie Bennett and husband Tony Bennett, all of Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Donna's honor to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, N.M., 87505.