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Honoring Meri Wada

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on March 3, 2014 - 10:58am
Meri Wada
Meri Wada

It is with much sadness that we must convery the passing of Meri Wada, retired costumer and beloved friend and mentor at the School of Drama. Meri joined the staff in 1959 and was a constant in the costume shop until her retirement in 1997. Meri is most remembered for her patience, warm smile, and exceptionally long finger nails.

Stephanie Poire, BA '74 and MFA '76, recalls “…I loved Meri Wada. She taught me everything I know today and with kindness and graciousness. I keep the gifts she gave me in my heart.”

Upon her retirement, the staff originated an award in Meri’s honor. Every year, the Meri Wada Award for Costuming is given to an undergraduate drama student who shows interest in technical costuming.

The Costume Shop is planning a small gathering to honor Meri. If you are interested in attending, please email Josie Gardner, at, and we will keep you updated regarding date and time.