Roxanna Kieffer Feature writer

April 15, 1991

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Annapolis, for Roxanna Byrd White Kieffer, a former feature writer for the Hagerstown Herald and The Baltimore Sun.

Mrs. Kieffer, widow of John S. Kieffer, former president of St. John's College, died Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 93.

At The Sun, she collaborated with photographer A. Aubrey Bodine.

Born in Frederick, Mrs. Kieffer attended Frederick Female Seminary, the forerunner of Hood College.

The Kieffers were married in 1929 and moved to Annapolis when Dr. Kieffer joined the St. John's faculty. Eight years later, he helped found the college's "Great Books Program," in which students read world literature as the basis of the curriculum.

Mrs. Kieffer became well-known in Annapolis as a gracious hostess. She and her husband maintained years-long friendships with St. John's alumni. Dr. Kieffer retired in 1969 and died in 1975. In 1984 Mrs. Kieffer was named an honorary member of the St. John's Alumni Association.

Dean Eva Brann said yesterday that Mrs. Kieffer was "a great presence not only in the college but in Annapolis."

Dean Brann said, "Up to the end she had an absolutely infallible memory; she was the continuing memory of the college in many ways. She knew all about the people who had been here and about old Annapolis. I would visit her for tea, expecting to stay for half an hour and find myself still there three hours later. She was so interesting."

Mrs. Kieffer was a parishioner at St. Anne's church and was a member of the Colonial Dames. Her avocations were reading and her cats.

Mrs. Kieffer is survived by a niece, Dorothy White Morse of New Mexico, and two great-nieces.

Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Hagerstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John S. Kieffer Scholarship Fund of St. John's College, P.O. Box 2800, Annapolis, Md. 21404.

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