AACS Director Dolores Stehr passed away on September 19, 2004 in Pittsburgh.
Dolores' efforts on behalf of the Society and the community continued until near the end, such was her dedication and indomitable spirit. Her membership across the years gave us the opportunity to see first-hand the talent and time that she selflessly poured into so many of the Society'a projects large and small, the most important of which were the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room and the Viennese Balls. In many ways larger than life, she was also an invaluable, forward-looking team-member who cherished the traditional while embracing the new directions for the Society. Dolores leaves both an inspiring legacy and an emptiness impossible to fill. Our sympathies and prayers are extended to Franz, her husband of fifth-two years, and their three children and four grandchildren.
See Obituary - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
See also Society Tributeat the 2005 Annual Austrian Ball.
Silvia Hayes passed away in Pittsburgh earlier this year (2004) after a lengthy illness. Many of our members will remember fondly the outstanding piano music that Sylvia generously shared with us at many Viennese Balls, particularly those in the Grand Ballroom of the William Penn Hotel, a fitting setting to showcase this talent. In addition to these cultural contributions, Sylvia was generous in a tangible way and certainly helped the Society achieve its goals, in which she had an abiding interest. Her last appearance at the Society, although physically difficult, was at the Society's Christmas Party at the Teutonia Maennerchor in 2003, where she was given a special floral salute of appreciation.
Although words fail us at times like these, it is fitting to recognize these Legendary Ladies of Austria for their enduring contributions in the best way we know -- by the dedication of the 2005 Nationality Room Scholarships in their memories.
Dolores Stehr Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Students
Silvia Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students,
(announced at the Viennese Debutante Ball 2005)