Lyn Ragsdale

March 31, 1954–December 13, 2020


Lyn Ragsdale was a dedicated scholar, educator, and author.  At the time of her death, she was a professor at Rice University, and formerly was the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Rice.  She was a great fan of the arts and particularly of ballet.  Lyn expressed her love and enthusiasm for the art form by supporting Saint Louis Ballet, where her son Matthew Rusk has performed since 2016.  


Through the generosity of Ms. Ragsdale’s family, colleagues and friends, Saint Louis Ballet has established The Lyn Ragsdale Fund for New Dancers in celebration of her memory and in support of artists. This fund will provide a stipend to new Saint Louis Ballet dancers to assist with the costs of relocating from other cities and establishing their lives in St. Louis. 


If you would like to join in supporting young dancers who are new to our city and to Saint Louis Ballet, please click here


May 1, 2020 through December 13, 2021

In memory of Lyn Ragsdale

            Kathryn Cervenka

            Jeffrey Compton

            Jeanne Doornbos and Michael Maher

            Songying Fang

            Eugenia Georges

            Marilyn Getzov

            Brian Hammer

            Allegra Hernandez

            Vivian Ho and Richard Boylan

            Diane Kaiser

            Rachel Kimbro

            Kathleen Matthews

            Susan McIntosh

            Marie Lynn Miranda

            Tracy Ragsdale

            Kris Ramesh

            Brandon Rottinghaus

            Jerrold Rusk

            Courtney Stefancyk

            Richard Stoll

            Kathy Svensson Sykes

            Renee Templeraud

            Mark Toubin and Elizabeth Cohen

            Nathalie Williams

            Stephen Vetzner

            George Zodrow


In memory of Sarah Brent Ridley Trimble, who loved ballet

            Dr. Selden Trimble


In memory of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19

            Elaine Kavanaugh


In memory of Betty Abernathy

            Julie and Chad Johnson

In memory of Jack Bortle for his love and support

            Noel Joy Bortle


In memory of Ludmila Dokoudovsky

            Melissa Gerstein


In memory of Charles Wade Gilbert

            Alice Gilbert


In memory of David Herman

            Laura Moore, My Verdant Green


In memory of Nathalie LeVine

            Rekha Dravina

            Milton and Judith Krieger

            Philana Liang and Family

            Elizabeth Stinson

            St. Louis Academy of Dance

            Kacy Voskuil

            Patrick and Kimberly Uding

            Beth Uding

            Marcia Lisker 

            Barbara Peat

            Sonya Pettijohn

            Valerie Ratts

            Betty Soli

            Dafna Hopkins


In memory of Jean MacNeish Rand

            Richard Rand

In memory of Mary M. Marschner

            Jemima P. Phillips


In memory of Lillian Noga

            Michael Noga


In memory of Doris Pree

            Dolores Miller


In memory of Alex Weisebach

            Karen Allgeier


In honor of Julie Abernathie

            Tony Abernathy

In honor of Debra Armistead

            Courtney Armistead


In honor of Margarita Botta

            Charles Tuschling

In honor of Mark David Bloodgood

            Robert Baker

            Marilyn and Michael Bloodgood

            Catherine Cheng

            Dawn Crouch

            Sarah and David Glasser

            Kathy Melton

            Valerie Miller

            Mayim Stiller

            Scott Turner


In honor of Lauren Christensen

            The Arneson Family

            Courtney Christensen

            Reatha Christensen


In honor of Rebecca Cornett

            Ruth and Jerold Howsden

In honor of Jennifer and Gary Cowgill

            Nathalie Williams

In Memory of Beloved Brandon Creasey

            Rebecca Beam

In Honour of Angelica Cunningham

             AdPushup Inc, Harleen Kaur


In honor of Emily Fugett and Colin Ellis

             Richard Fugett

In honor of Colin Ellis

            Marc Ellis

In honor of Ana Victoria Garcia

            Ivette Geusz

In honor of Sarah Glasser

            Janice Gunst

            Julianne Kirk

            Cinthia Larrew

            Kay Lewkowsky

            Annette and Randall Markarian

            Anna Brasher Molina     

            Amanda Spitzer Settle

            Patricia Whiteside

            Harry Willis


In honor of Leigh Ellen Griffiths

            Moraith MacRae

In honor of Rachel Harrison

            Susanne Harrison


In honor of Julia Heiss

            Sharon Burman


In honor of Amy Herchenroether and Family

            Jane Corbelli

            Susan and Peter Herchenroether

            Elaine Sheehan

In honor of Rosalind Holden

            Brian and Keri Hoffmann


In honor of Gen Horiuchi

            Paris Hobbs      

In honor of Scarlett Horiuchi

            Joseph Morra

In honor of CiCi Houston Sudholt

            Julie Schuster


In honor of Elizabeth Lloyd

            Cathie and Scott Hernandez

            Kim Hollis

            Dorothy Powell

            Stephen and Carol Wilenchek


In honor of Barbara May

            Laura Fitzgerald

In honor of Arleen Meadows

            Merridith von Hartitzsch


In honor of Valerie Miller

            Dolores Miller

In honor of Tiffany Mori

            Nancy Konieczny

            John Bradbury


In honor of Ruby and Eloise Morris

            Swedroe Family Charitable Foundation at Youthbridge Community Foundation

In honor of Marlene Napp

           Grace Clark

In honor of Caroline and Katarina Oelschlaeger

            Mary and George Oelschlaeger


In honor of Phillury Platte

            Cynthia McDonnell


In honor of Matthew Rusk

            Kathy Svensson Sykes

            Renee Templeraud

            Tracy Ragsdale


In honor of the beautiful dancers of Saint Louis Ballet 

            Marc Ellis and Kathy LaRocco

            Lauren Landman

            Jacob Luna

In honor of the staff and dancers of Saint Louis Ballet

            Pamela Wollenberg


In honor of Roxy Shackelford

​            Mr. and Mrs. Tino Sheridan


In honor of Alice Carter Seddon

            Margaret Gilleo and Charles Guenther

In honor of Sean Sessions

            Kendra Biddick

            Laura Sessions


In honor of Mary Strauss

            Julie and Tim Noonan

            Kelly Pollock

            Stephanie Riven

            Lisa and Tom Suntrup    

            Fabienne Vincel

In honor of Tanya Strautmann Horiuchi

          Julie Abernathie

            John Bradbury


In honor of Masaki Suzuki

            Masami Suzuki

In honor of Judith Svalander

            Kate Bieschke


In honor of Koichiro Tago

            Miho and Koichiro Tago    


In honor of Sarah Ridley Trimble

           Selden Y. Trimble


In honor of Thomas R. and Carol Voss

            Marc Gordon

            Michael Isaacson and Joseph Ortmeyer

            Charmaigne Scott          


In honor of Patricia and Dr. Leo Whiteside

            Marlene and James Clark

            Jane and Al Van Amburg


In honor of Lori Wilson

            Anthony Billings           

            Jason Brown


In honor of Vanessa Woods

            John Bradbury

In recognition of the new ballet, ESCAPADES

            Janet Houston

If you are interested in honoring or remembering a friend or family member with a tax-deductible gift to Saint Louis Ballet

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Above: SLB Dancers in Christopher Wheeldon's "The American", photo by Kelly Pratt