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In Memoriam: Elsa Sreenivasam

Associate Professor Emerita of Art and Design Elsa Marie Sreenivasam of St. Paul, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Green Valley, Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Dharma; five children and three grandchildren.

Sreenivasam received a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 from St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in art education in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. She taught fiber art and design at the University of Kansas from 1973-1976 and at Iowa State University from 1977 until her retirement in 1992. She received two Fulbright Study/Research Awards to study traditional textile printing, dyeing and embroidery processes in India, which resulted in her publication, “The Textiles of India: A Living History.” She helped found the Surface Design Association in 1976 and served as its first president.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to a charity of your choice.

March 22, 2017 9:29 am