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PRICE, CONSTANCE MATHER

PRICE, CONSTANCE MATHER

PRICE, CONSTANCE MATHER (21 July 1918 - 25 May 1997) was active in civic affairs, sports, and theater throughout her life. She was born in Boston to Madeleine Almy and Philip Richard Mather, an industrialist and philanthropist who was on the board of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

She graduated from Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and attended the Leland Powers School of the Theater and Bennington College in Vermont. She was a model and worked for the American Red Cross Motor Corps as a young woman in Boston, and later served with the Red Cross and USO in Europe during WORLD WAR II. After the war, she worked at the Dedham Playhouse in Massachusetts, the CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE, and CAIN PARK THEATRE. In 1954 she took part in the planning and development of MUSICARNIVAL and became the theater's first scenic designer, creating sets for more than three dozen productions. She also designed for Melody Fair in Buffalo, NY, as well as for Cleveland's East Side Players, Heights Light Opera, and Euclid Little Theater. She performed in Musicarnival productions, as well as with the Chagrin Valley Little Theater and Bratenahl Players. She served as trustee of the Kenyon Festival Theatre and LYRIC OPERA CLEVELAND. Mrs. Price was also active in the League of Women Voters, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Bratenahl PTA, and Bratenahl Community Foundation. She acted as a liaison with the Cleveland school board in a project to integrate the Bratenahl school system into the CLEVELAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS. She was an avid bird watcher, skier, and a skilled horsewoman. She won the Hunter Trials of the Chagrin Valley Hunt in 1972, and was president of the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club and a secretary of the U.S. Pony Club for three years. She married John L. Price Jr. in 1947 and they had four children: sons John L. and Mat [Philip?], and daughters Diana [Dian?] and Mikey [Mickey?]. The couple divorced but maintained a close friendship. Mrs. Price died at her home in BRATENAHL.