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Clara Ridder, 100

November 9, 2012

Clara Ann Ridder, age 100 of Kearney, formerly of the Callaway area, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the North Ridge Assisted Living in Kearney.
Christian wake services were Monday, Nov. 5, with A Mass of Christian Burial Service following at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oconto, with Fr. Antony Thekkekara officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway. Memorials are suggested to the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Callaway. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.
Clara Ann Ridder, the daughter of Theodore and Elizabeth (Praest) Ridder, was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Callaway. She was the 11th of 12 children.
Clara attended St. James Catholic Grade School in Kearney from 1919-1922 and graduated from the 8th grade at rural Sand Valley in 1925. She went to high School at St. Agnes Academy boarding school in Alliance. She taught rural grade schools at Wild Horse Flats in Lincoln County, in 1929-1930, then Stop Table in 1931-1933, she rode horseback to this school from her parent's ranch. Clara attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she tried to major in architecture, but the Dean said they didn't accept women; she received her BS in home economics and continued her schooling receiving a MS at the University of Arizona with a fellowship in nutrition and chemistry in 1938. She worked as a Home Demonstrator Agent at Grant from 1939-1941, then back to the class rooms as an instructor at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces from 1941-1943.
Her next job was at Denver as an executive secretary for the Colorado Nutrition Council from 1943-1945. From 1945 to 1948 Clara worked at Evansville, Ind., as Director of Homemaker's Institute for Sevel. At Cornell she managed to take architectural designs as part of her doctoral studies and the focus of the doctoral program was human, physical and psychological needs for space.
In 1950, she received her PhD from Cornell Universtiy in New York. From 1950-1953 she was assistant professor at Florida State University and assistant professor at University of Arkansas from 1953-1959.
Clara then moved to Greensboro, NC where she was a professor at UNC from 1959-1979. Her academic career was in the field of interior designs. Among her publications is "Basic Design Measurements for Sitting" which was widely applied in commercial seating. At one time Clara held a patent on a certain chair design.
When Clara retired she bought a large home in Greensboro, NC which she fixed up for resale, then moved to an apartment. Clara lived in Greensboro for 47 years.
Clara's hobbies were traveling the world, reading and playing bridge.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Marianne Ridder of Callaway; nieces, Edna Mae Van Saun of San Diego, Calif., Mary Virginia Heinrich of Wood River, Margaret Tolle of Edgar, Kathy Spry of Santa Maria, Calif., Mary Elizabeth Ridder of Lincoln, Gratia Stanton of Australia, Rosemary Bollinger of Roseville, Calif. Christine Jones of Nova Scotia, Canada and Marilyn Von Bergen of Portland, Ore.; nephews, Raymond Pandorf of Broken Bow, Bernard Pandorf of Carmichael, Calif., Kenneth Ridder of Anchorage, Alaska, Dan Ridder of Oconto, Robert Ridder of Nellysford, Virg., Richard Ridder of Callaway, Ron Ridder of Kearney, George Glass of Flagstaff, Ariz., John Ridder of Callaway and Greg Ridder of River Falls, Wisc.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Katherine Pandorf, Sr. Leocadia Ridder, Sr. Christine Ridder and Mary Glass; and brothers, Henry, John, Francis, Ben, Alvis, Albert and Paul.

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