Muses Celebrate Highlights of 25 Years

November 29, 1987|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Twenty-five years ago, 22 spirited women led by Harriet Luckman, wife of the renowned architect Charles Luckman, took a name from Greek mythology, The Muses, and dedicated themselves to supporting the California Museum of Science and Industry. Among the founders were Catherine Edgerton, Mattie Kinsey and Katherine Loker, all of whom have buildings or areas at the museum marked with their names. And more were names synonymous with Los Angeles' museum growth: Lila Ash, Marie Canaday, Lela Cardoza, Alice Davis, Dorothy Dumke, Louise Eason, Ann Loebbecke and Judith Murphy.

Over a glittery luncheon beneath the elegant Venetian chandeliers of the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel, several hundred watched as Lee Hogan Cass, Broadway vice president and fashion executive and a former Muse Woman of the Year, remembered highlights of the group's involvements, and coupled the scenes with a fashion show which saluted young California designers Rosemary Brantley, Mark Eisen, Joan Martin, David Dart and Eletra Casadei.

Said Don Muchmore, executive vice president of the California Museum Foundation and executive director of the museum: "As an organization, you have been our leadership group, and for that we are grateful." Then, he recounted the story of a TRW executive who gave an ample donation in appreciation, saying, "My three boys took your science workshops. One's a Ph.D, another's a doctor, all are working in fields of science--I'm proud of them."

The Muses annually salute a Woman of the Year. Another in attendance, Mildred Lillie, is the presiding justice of the Court of Appeals for the State of California.

Margaret Thompson, whose son, Stuart, took the science workshops and is a professor of neurology, chairs the group. Olga Erteszek and Dorothy Dumke were accepting accolades for the fun afternoon from a crowd including Muses Maria Hodgson, Mary Hogan, Bette Rodeno, Francine Collins, Virginia Richardson and Leona Robb.

More in on the day were Mary Davis, Betty Williams, Adrienne Underwood, Nadine Marten, Margo O'Connell, Dorothy Nethercutt, Rosemary Westmeyer, Anne Soucek, Beryl Danielson, Arlette Crandall, Virginia Holley, Frani Ridder and Ruth Meyer.

NEW FRIENDS: The recently established Friends of the Dance Gallery Library will launch a membership campaign with a cocktail reception Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Bowl Museum. Pledging their time and energy to the steering committee are Carolyn Paris and June Carson, both founders of the Dance Gallery; Ruth Clark Lert of San Francisco, a dance materials archivist whose collection forms the cornerstone of the library; Nick Cellini, fine arts librarian for the Beverly Hills Public Library; Katheryn Carr, manager of the Los Angeles Public Library's western region; Gordon Hollis, a rare book expert; Naima Prevots, a dance ethnologist; and Tracy Bechtold, a public relations executive.

Their goals: fund-raising and the recruiting of rare and wonderful volunteers who reflect the caliber of the collection. Their cocktail party will include a book-signing of Naima Prevots' "Dancing in the Sun: Hollywood Choreographers 1915-1937."

DELLA ROBBIAS: The nationwide sale of Boys Republic Della Robbia holiday wreaths opened this week as students at the Chino campus, staff and temporary helpers began assembling the coveted wreaths for Christmas doors. The sale is the chief fund-raising program at Boys Republic, founded in 1907 as a home and school for disadvantaged boys. The wreaths can be ordered by writing Boys Republic, Chino, 91709, or by telephoning (818) 964-2391 or (714) 591-9122.

KUDOS: Dr. Spencer K. Koerner has been elected president of the American Lung Assn. of Los Angeles County. . . . Walter P. Coombs has been re-elected president of the Emphysema Foundation.

PAST PERFECT: When Sally Conn got the flu, Kathleen McCarthy carried on alone at the luncheon the other noon at the Los Angeles Country Club. Special guest Anthony Newley was there at the request of Barbara Barnoski, Blue and White Ball chairman, to salute the committee planning the affair next spring at the Century Plaza for Marymount High School.

In the crowd were Sister Colette McManus, Marymount principal, who paid tribute to the faculty, including athletic coach Christopher Utz and Dareth Newley, Mimi O'Keefe, Rusty Chandler, Joan Ransohoff, Joan Quinn, Jayne Sullivan and Eileen Leonard-Vensel. Alice Avery, Class of '34, sent those charming patron letters.

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