Lois C. Goutman
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Lois C. Goutman, noted educator and theatre director, died on Jan. 16, 2010 in Philadelphia after a brief illness. She was 86 years old and lived in Rosemont. Born Lois Amelia Nosich in Clairton, Pa., she studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech). After graduation, she acted extensively in repertory at the Woodstock Playhouse and the Chapel Playhouse, using her stage name, "Lois Clair." She was also seen in productions in Hollywood at the Actors' Lab and with the Circle Players. In New York she appeared in the Broadway production of The Tempest. She was also a featured singer in nightclubs, often accompanied by Pittsburgh native and jazz legend Errol Garner, and on radio. In 1947 she met and married artist Dolya Goutman. The following year they moved to Philadelphia, where Dolya continued his career as a painter and joined the Moore College of Art faculty and Lois began an illustrious teaching career at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr that lasted 42 years. During that time she directed many local theatre productions and also performed as an actor and singer. Before she retired from Baldwin in 1993, she received many accolades as an educator, chief among them the Rosamond Cross Teaching Chair at Baldwin and the Olmstead Prize in Secondary School Teaching presented by Williams College. Since her husband's death in 2001, Lois continued to stay active in the theatre, performing readings and directing, most recently at Surrey Services for Seniors in Berwyn. Lois is survived by her three sons, Andrew, Christopher and Thomas and three grandchildren, Yvonne, Nicholas and Alexandra. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Villanova Campus on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., where the family will receive guests after 10 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Lois Goutman's name to The Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home (www.chadwickmckinney.com).


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Published in Main Line Media News on Jan. 27, 2010.
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February 11, 2010
I was hoping to attend the service this past Saturday, to express my condolences in person, but the weather prevented me from traveling down from NYC. Your mother meant so much to me, as I know she did for generations of Baldwin girls, who as women have had her as a role model all their lives, whatever field they went into. I saw her just two years ago, in March '08, and she was as radiant as ever. Thank you for sharing her with us! Mary B. Robinson
Mary B. Robinson
February 3, 2010
To Andy, Chris and Tommy;
I am very sorry for your loss. I know it is very painful, my parents have been deceased for 10+ yrs. May God bless you and your children. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kohler{ formerly of Garrett Hill.}
February 2, 2010
Andy, My condolences to you and your family. Your mom was an amazing person, and it was an honor ro know her, when we were growing up. God Bless, Steve Murray
Steve Murray
January 28, 2010
My heartfelt condolences to Ms. Goutman's family. I met Lois at Surrey Services where she chaired the Drama Group. Wow! She was so creative and full of energy; it was a true joy to see her with the Surrey playwrights and actors. Quite an achievement. Monika Krug
January 24, 2010
Dear Andy: I'm sorry for your loss.

Cheryl Bruno Adams
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