Anita F. Boorda

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Anita F. Boorda Aug. 17, 1921 - April 3, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Anita F. Boorda passed away on Thursday at The Hearth at Juday Creek with her daughter at her side. She was born Anita Ruth Feiwell to Rose and Joseph Feiwell in South Bend on Aug. 17, 1921, and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Central High School in 1939 and received an A.B. in Journalism in 1943 from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was an honor student. She was a member of Theta Sigma Phi, journalism honorary, and Pi Sigma Phi, government honorary. She was also a member of the Dean of Women's Governing Committee and Associate Editor of the Indiana Daily Student, the University newspaper. From 1943 to the end of World War II, Anita was employed by the U.S. Air Corps in South Bend as a civilian Personnel and Public Relations Specialist. On August 12, 1945, at the Oliver Hotel, Anita married Sol W. Boorda, also a South Bend native. Mr. Boorda had just returned from 26 months duty with the Air Corps in the South Pacific theater, where he served as a Technical Sergeant in communications, primarily on Guadalcanal. After the war, he worked at the Max Adler stores in downtown South Bend, at Scottsdale Mall and at University Park Mall, where he rose to be president of all three operations. Mr. Boorda passed away March 26, 1986, in South Bend. Anita is best known for her dedication to South Bend in a variety of capacities, including the American Association of University Women, the South Bend Broadway Theater League, and various university and community committees. In 2002, Anita was honored by being inducted into the South Bend Hall of Fame and by the State of Indiana as a "Sagamore of the Wabash." She served the South Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as President; served on the Indiana Board of the Association; wrote the AAUW regional history; chaired the Indiana Convention; and was appointed National AAUW Voting Chairman for the National Convention in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1960s, where computerized voting machines were used for the first time. In 1965, Anita was elected to the Board of Directors of the Broadway Theater League of South Bend, Inc. In quick succession, she became Subscription Chairman, First Vice President, and President. In 1982, Anita moved to the operational side of the League as Executive Secretary (a new position). As Executive Director, Anita was responsible for contracting for shows, marketing (including editing the Playbill), negotiating with unions and maintaining contact with New York touring and production companies. Her efforts led to South Bend becoming a regular stop on the New York touring circuit. Under her leadership, the Broadway Theater League became a regional operation attracting audiences from adjoining states as well as calls from New York producers asking her advice on a variety of touring issues. Anita retired from the Broadway Theater League in October 2001. She was named Director Emeritus. Anita also served on the Madison Center Board of Directors for a number of years, as well as on the Board of the Madison Center Sunshine Club. Anita was President of the Indiana University Alumni Club of St. Joseph County, a member of the Indiana Varsity Club, and an avid follower of I.U. Basketball. When possible, Anita was known to plan Broadway Theater League bookings so they did not clash with NCAA tourney dates. One could usually find a television set in the box office when the League had a theater performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center during the basketball season. Anita always had an affinity for the Morris Performing Arts Center despite the challenges faced in bringing performances into the historic theater, including the small stage size and older lighting and sound equipment. She also worked hard to make sure that audiences were happy with their seats. During her tenure the League voted a $250,000 contribution toward the Morris restoration and she served on the restoration building committee. She was a charter member of the Morris Entertainment Board, appointed by Mayor Joseph E. Kernan. Among other community activities, Anita was appointed to the Mayor's Bicentennial Committee to plan activities for the nation's 200th birthday. She co-chaired the Bicentennial Dinner at St. Mary's College and also served on the College's Community Relations Committee. She served on community committees at IUSB and was responsible for entertainment at South Bend's first ethnic festival. Her favorite pastimes were reading, travel, and photography. Those who knew Anita best remember her ever-present sense of humor. She loved life and people. She would be the first to tell you that none of the above activities would have been possible without the love, encouragement and support of her husband, children, parents, and brother. She was first and foremost dedicated to and very appreciative and proud of her immediate and extended family. Anita is survived by a daughter, Patricia Rice (Alan Rice) of Germantown, Maryland, and by a grandson, Jeffrey Rice and his fianc‚, Brooke Autry of Germantown. Anita was predeceased by a son, Gary Michael Boorda, on May 22nd, 1999, in South Bend. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at 11 AM in the Chapel at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, IN. The McGann Hay Funeral Homes, Forest G. Hay Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Theater League of South Bend, 209 N. Main St., Suite 201-B, South Bend, IN 46601; or to the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, 3202 Shalom Way, South Bend, IN 46615; or a .
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Published in South Bend Tribune from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2014
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