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performing arts educator

Dorothy Runk Mennen was American performing arts educator. Grant, Sloan Foundation, since 1995.


Mennen, Dorothy Runk was born on July 17, 1915 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Jon Cleveland and Minnie Pearle (Walker) Runk.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Kent State University, 1938. Master of Arts, Purdue University, 1964.


Teacher & choral director Twinsburg Public School, Ohio, 1938—1941. Teacher, speech English Aurora High School, 1941—1942. Teacher Cuyahoga Falls High School, 1941—1942.

Teacher, English Wea High School Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1951—1953. Teacher, vocal music West Lafayette Public Schools, 1957—1960. Associate professor, theatre Purdue University, West Lafayette, vocal coach, since 1964, chairman, senate, 1979—1980.

Professor emeritus

Contralto soloist, since 1946.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Directory of Voice and Speech Specialists in Actor Training Programs in United States and Canada, 1981. Contributing editor: Vocal Vision, 1997.


The relationship with God in Covenant is like a marriage between human beings – both as a community and as individuals – on the one side and God in Christ on the other.


God calls for justice for those, who are oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore Christians should be involved in political life.


In a society where self-interest and hypocrisy are often seen as dominating, the Christians should nurture and promote values and purposes that are beyond us.


Board directors Lafayette Symphony, 1958—1960, Civic Theatre, Lafayette, 1972—1973, since 1986, The Bach Chorale Singers Inc., since 1980. Member of League of Women Voters, American Association of University Professors (chairperson, committee West Status of Women 1972-1974, president chapter 1974-1977), Speech Communication Association, Voice and Speech Trainers Association Inc. (president since 1986, 10th Aniversary Founding award 1996), National Association Teachers Singing (treasurer, Indiana chapter), American Theatre in Higher Education Inc., American Theatre Association (national chairperson, theatre, speech and voice 1968-1971, 1973-1975, Outstanding Leadership and Performance award 1985).


Married Harold E. Mennen, January 5, 1943. Children: Ferol, Laurel.

Jon Cleveland Runk

Minnie Pearle (Walker) Runk

Harold E. Mennen

Ferol Mennen

Laurel Mennen