marks the anniversary of the passing of Marjorie Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's wife.
Marjorie was a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company for over 15 years. She opened her own dancing school, the first to offer modern dance in Brooklyn, NY, in 1950. Thousands of students passed through the Marjorie Mazia School of Dance during the 28 years it was open. Among the iconic dancers that taught at her school were Merce Cunningham, Sophie Maslow, Donald McKayle, Richard Thomas, Jean-Léon Destiné, James Waring, and Hadassah.
When Woody Guthrie passed away in 1967, Marjorie was determined to find a cure for Huntington's disease. She founded the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease - now known as the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Marjorie was at the front lines of genetic research and many of today's leading neurologists credit her as their inspiration for joining the movement into genetic research. They often spoke of her ability to communicate "hope" into what was at the time, a seemingly hopeless endeavor.