Margaret Louise Dauner
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Margaret Louise Dauner Age 97, passed away March 24, 2005 at Oak Crest Village retirement home in Baltimore, Maryland. Born and reared in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Frederic and Mary Mischler Dauner. She grew up in a home surrounded by music, books, and creative people. A violinist, she and her two younger sisters, a cellist and pianist, played on local radio shows in the 1920's as the Dauner Trio. Louise played in the first seven seasons of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, her article about Ferdinand Schaefer, the founder of the Orchestra in 1930, was published. Building on a teaching career that began at Butler University in 1936, she attained master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa and later taught at Drake University and IUPUI. She retired as an English professor and department chairman at IUPUI in 1977. After that, she conducted classes in literature and the popular soap opera studies for the Indianapolis University's Learn and Shop program until 1994. Dr. Dauner was the author of more than two dozen scholarly articles and reviews, and a volume of poetry, "A Wind in the Heart, Poetry for the Dead and Living," published in 1988. In her avocation as a performing musician, she played wherever her academic career took her. She was assistant concert master of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis in the 1960's and 1970's. Poet, scholar, author, professor, and musician, she touched many lives in her long and varied career. She moved to Baltimore in 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Dorothy Ballentine and Helen Binegar. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis on Friday, April 29, 2005 at 10:00 a.m.


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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 24, 2005.