Berea College Mourns the Loss of Dorothy Tredennick, '46
Dorothy Tredennick, 96, of Berea died on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. A professor at Berea College for 41 years, she was known for her work as an art historian, an inspiring teacher and her life-long commitment to peace and justice.
A native of Bristol, Connecticut, she received her bachelor’s degree from Berea College in 1946 and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1951.
Before joining the Berea faculty in 1946, she was employed at the Norwich Art School and was associate director of the Slater Museum in Norwich, Connecticut. From 1954 – 1970, she co-chaired the Berea College Art Department. She received the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berea’s highest faculty honor, in 1962, and was named the Morris Belknap Professor of Art in 1970. She was active in the development of the interdisciplinary program in the humanities and is remembered by many students as the director of the Man and the Arts course since it was instituted in 1970 at Berea College.
She studied and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. As a writer on art, she focused on the philosophy of art and its relationship to various aspects of life. Publications included Beliefs Take Shape, Art and The Protestant Church Today; Living By Design; Kress Study Collection; Vanderpoel Collection Catalogue; Design for Living; and Two Worlds Meet: The Religious Dimensions of Art.
Other accolades, awards, and achievements include numerous grants for teaching or study abroad from the Fulbright Foundation, Danforth Foundation and China International Foundation; Who’s Who in American Women (1966); Outstanding Scholars in America; Lecturer at Tunghai University and Tainan Theological Seminary in Taiwan; and an appointment as resident fellow at Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota, part of St. John’s University and Benedictine Abbey.
Active in a number of organizations, she was a member of American Association of University Women; American Association of University Professors; Phi Kappa Phi; Asian Studies Association; Pi Gamma Mu; College Art Association; Southern Humanities Conference; Association of General and Liberal Studies; and Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. For the Berea Arts Council she conducted lectures and workshops in watercolor painting and Japanese brush painting. She also conducted twice monthly classes in creative expression at Berea Health Care Center.
A service to commemorate and celebrate her life and work will be held at Union Church at a later date.