It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent passing of a very good friend of our Society, Eleanor Dugan lived in San Francisco but everyone within the GFS would have been aware of her activities within our magazine, The Vellum. Eleanor was good friend to me and particularly to our editor Tony Thornton. She made the long trip to the Blackpool conventions on two occasions (her first trip was cancelled owing to the 9/11 atrocity) but she managed to get to the next meeting in November 2001. I never failed to be amazed by Eleanor’s knowledge and learning, she was a remarkable lady who loved the GFS and George Formby. She had a passion for all good English films of that era and was responsible for all the Leading Ladies articles on the website. On behalf of everyone within the Society, I extend sincere condolences to Eleanor’s daughter Jill and her family. I am grateful to Jill for sending the following words about her mother. Jill’s words…. Eleanor’s passions and expertise were far ranging and included old films, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, George Formby, Madeleine de Scudéry, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1920s/1930s music, writing and quilting. Eleanor grew up in the midwest, in what she sometimes called “deep in corn country.”  As a teenager, she would independently make day trips into Chicago to attend cultural events and visit museums.  She attended Antioch College in Ohio, already passionately interested in theatre and hoping for a career in costuming.  After a fabulous summer of intense costume work at the Antioch Shakespeare Festival, Eleanor and some friends left school and set out for New York City.  Many decades later, Eleanor still recalled her excitement at her first glimpse of her beloved NYC, and said that she felt she was finally “home.”  Eleanor worked her way up in theatre and costuming in NYC, a time in her life that she absolutely loved.  She also began to develop her lifelong love of and expertise in old films. In the 1970s, Eleanor moved to San Francisco, where she worked in theatre and a few films, before turning to a career in writing. Eleanor was a prolific writer, and her books included “The Films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy” and “The Precious Lies of Madeleine de Scudéry.”  She also edited and wrote many books with others (some translated into many languages), and wrote innumerable articles on film, quilting and other topics. Eleanor loved quilting, and became an exceptionally creative art quilter over several decades.  She was active in her local guilds and shows, published over 50 articles on quilting, was selected by the American Quilt Study Group to present an academic paper at the 2007 convention, and was selected to exhibit her quilts at several locations, including a Times Square show and a retrospective of all 33 of her Polka Dot Series quilts.  In addition, Eleanor currently has her own fabric line, Sashing Stash, out and available for sale. Eleanor was also an active volunteer throughout her life, including helping to organize and run a sleeping bags for the homeless project in San Francisco that made and distributed hundreds of sleeping bags from recycled materials, over many years Jill Coogan HOME
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It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent passing of a very good friend of our Society, Eleanor Dugan lived in San Francisco but everyone within the GFS would have been aware of her activities within our magazine, The Vellum. Eleanor was good friend to me and particularly to our editor Tony Thornton. She made the long trip to the Blackpool conventions on two occasions (her first trip was cancelled owing to the 9/11 atrocity) but she managed to get to the next meeting in November 2001. I never failed to be amazed by Eleanor’s knowledge and learning, she was a remarkable lady who loved the GFS and George Formby. She had a passion for all good English films of that era and was responsible for all the Leading Ladies articles on the website. On behalf of everyone within the Society, I extend sincere condolences to Eleanor’s daughter Jill and her family. I am grateful to Jill for sending the following words about her mother. Jill’s words…. Eleanor’s passions and expertise were far ranging and included old films, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, George Formby, Madeleine de Scudéry, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1920s/1930s music, writing and quilting. Eleanor grew up in the midwest, in what she sometimes called “deep in corn country.”  As a teenager, she would independently make day trips into Chicago to attend cultural events and visit museums.  She attended Antioch College in Ohio, already passionately interested in theatre and hoping for a career in costuming.  After a fabulous summer of intense costume work at the Antioch Shakespeare Festival, Eleanor and some friends left school and set out for New York City.  Many decades later, Eleanor still recalled her excitement at her first glimpse of her beloved NYC, and said that she felt she was finally “home.”  Eleanor worked her way up in theatre and costuming in NYC, a time in her life that she absolutely loved.  She also began to develop her lifelong love of and expertise in old films. In the 1970s, Eleanor moved to San Francisco, where she worked in theatre and a few films, before turning to a career in writing. Eleanor was a prolific writer, and her books included “The Films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy” and “The Precious Lies of Madeleine de Scudéry.”  She also edited and wrote many books with others (some translated into many languages), and wrote innumerable articles on film, quilting and other topics. Eleanor loved quilting, and became an exceptionally creative art quilter over several decades.  She was active in her local guilds and shows, published over 50 articles on quilting, was selected by the American Quilt Study Group to present an academic paper at the 2007 convention, and was selected to exhibit her quilts at several locations, including a Times Square show and a retrospective of all 33 of her Polka Dot Series quilts.  In addition, Eleanor currently has her own fabric line, Sashing Stash, out and available for sale. Eleanor was also an active volunteer throughout her life, including helping to organize and run a sleeping bags for the homeless project in San Francisco that made and distributed hundreds of sleeping bags from recycled materials, over many years Jill Coogan HOME
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