Dr. Nancy Jane Haynes
Born in Winfield, Kansas, to Gertrude Moore Haynes and Hugh Prescott Haynes. She is survived by her sister Dr. Kathleen Haynes of Norman and her cousin Dr. J. T. Moore of Stillwater. The service will be.at St. John's Episcopal Church on Friday, November 1st at 11 am, with the Reverend Dwight Helt presiding. She has been an Episcopalian all her life. Baptized on April 17, 1942, at St. John's Cathedral in Albuquerque. She was confirmed at Grace Church, Ponca City, Oklahoma by Bishop Casady. She has been a member of St. John's Episcopal, Norman, since 1997.

She earned a BA in English from Central State College, Edmond, in 1955, an MA in Theater arts and English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1957, and a
PhD in Dramatic Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in 1973.
She began teaching at the college and university level in 1957. She taught at Cottey College 1958 to 1964 and 1980 to 1997 when she retired as professor emerita of speech and drama. Her philosophy of education can best be described as "firm, but funny" She taught courses in public speaking, dramatic literature, and history of the theatre. She is also noted for the periodic fashion shows of vintage clothing modeled by Cottey students that she produced in the 1990s. In preparing for the fashion shows she gave "immaculate attention to every detail."

Dr. Haynes also taught at the University of Arkansas, the University of Colorado, Oklahoma City University and the University of Vermont. The courses were drama, speech, stagecraft, acting, oral interpretation, costume history, costume design, and theater. Her design work was in the field of costume but included scenery and stage decor. She also had directing and acting experience as well as professional theater work.

The summer seminars on Shakespeare at Stratford, Ontario, appealed to her zest for new knowledge. She collected costume drawings by Desmond Heeley and Brian Jackson. Late in her life she gave them as a generous donation to their Archives

In 1974 at the University of Vermont, she directed "Cymbeline" one of Shakespeare's rarely-performed works She spent leaves in London to observe production styles in ballet and opera in 1976 to 1977. Also in London in 1977 to 1978 she was invited to lecture at Chad's College at Durham University on performance techniques in comedy and farce and conducted a seminar on the comedies of Ben Jonson. During a sabbatical leave to England in 1989 she work with the distinguished dramatist Christopher Fry on a study of his plays and film scripts, especially that for Ben-Hur. They corresponded on many topics over the years. In 2000 she visited him at home. The letters, study notes, and other materials are to be in the Haynes record group of the Cottey archives.

At the end of her career in Missouri, she was given the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. She enjoyed friendships centered on all the fine arts. Some came to visit at Cottey to lecture or perform. A friend who met her In London at the old Vic theatre spoke of "her lifelong interest in drama". Nancy often said that one way to find friends was standing in line to buy concert tickets. Students, staff, and faculty recall her with fondness and respect. She was a good traveling companion and found points of interest everywhere. The Haynes sisters made several trips to New Mexico to attend the Santa Fe Opera, invest in art, and visit with friends. They went to London in 2000. Her talent for design includes needlepoint and quilting. Many items are enjoyed by others. She designed and created vestments for Episcopal and Church of England clergy. She was invited to examine the vestment collection at St. Pauls' Cathedral in London.

In lieu of flowers please consider the following: St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Smith and Turner Mortuary, The Gardens at Rivermont Memory Care, and Humanity Hospice all of whom provided trusting and dignified care.
Published on October 31, 2019


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