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Drid Williams, Ph.D., 90, passed away on October 26.

She was born in Baker, Oregon on October 12, 1928, and has lived in Rockford for the past 20 years.  Drid’s childhood dream had been to be a ballet dancer.

She studied ballet in Portland, Oregon. During that time Drid worked for Arthur Murray Dance Studio,was a professional ballroom dancer for a short while, and opened her own dance studio, Rehearsal House.

Drid was invited to England by Sadler Wells Ballet. When she returned to the US she went to New York City and opened her own dance studio.  She was there for 10 or 12 years.

Drid traveled to Ghana in late 1960’s where she met Edwin Ardenar who was instrumental in her going to Oxford, England to obtain her degree in Social Anthropology and actually attained three master’s degrees in anthropology.

She taught at New York University and earned a library Science degree in Indiana. She then went to Sydney, Australia as lecturer in dance (Aboriginal) in the Dept. of Music, the first appointment of its kind in Australia.

Drid then went to Eldoret in Kenya as Sr. Lecturer at MOI University. It was not a good time politically and she returned to the US to Minnesota. She went to Zhuhai, China with the United International College. After one and half years she returned to Minnesota.

Drid was an anthropologist, author, dancer and dance teacher, and choreographer who loved to teach and she tutored young people in English and reading until just a year or two ago.

She left a legacy besides her publications and new ongoing journal -JASHM- and writer for American Anthropological Assoc. and Visual Anthropology.

Drid is survived by her only sister, Doris Korthof; and good friend, Robin Little, of Buffalo.

Celebration of life and OES Service will be at the Peterson Chapel on Saturday, Nov 10. Visitation at 1 p.m., Memorial and OES at 2 p.m.

Memorials to Pat Rasmusson Scholarship Fund, Order of the Eastern Star.


2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Don Hewitt

    Drid Williams was my first ballet teacher in Portland, OR. It was very important that her students have correct training and she used all resources available to provide it. She was an intellect and very charismatic. She opened a pathway for me and many others in the world of dance and related studies. She was instrumental in being a key to finding my inspiration that allowed me 45 years of the joy of dance, performing, coaching and teaching: a creative life that continues. I will always be grateful for her knowledge, insight and affections. Rest in Peace.

  2. Anna

    She was an amazing woman that was so talented and smart. I pray peace over her sister and friends.


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