USAO News Bureau

DRUMMOND, Judith (Holmes)

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Judi Drummond, a former long-time member of the USAO adjunct faculty in drama, died Saturday following a sudden illness. Services are scheduled Wednesday Nov. 12th, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Chickasha. Interment is scheduled at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


Judith Holmes Drummond was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Wynnewood to Rex W. and Martha Jane Jackson Holmes. She died Nov. 8, 2003, and the age of 54. She was preceded in death by her father in 1987 and her mother in 2003.


Judi graduated from Wynnewood High School, then earned a bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma City University. She also received a master of arts degree in English and a doctorate degree from OU. She was a member of Zeta Phi Eta and Psi Omega Sororities, and participated in a USO Tour through Korea in 1970.


At the time of her death, Judi was director of the Writing Center at OU. Previously she taught writing at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and served various responsibilities in the drama department. Prior to that, she taught high school English at Cyril.


Judi was serving as co-vice president of the Chickasha Community Theater, where she previously had served as president, director, publicity and membership chair, and costumer. She was a past board member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.
Judi performed in numerous USAO drama department productions, including "South Pacific," "The Fantastics," "Once Upon a Mattress," and "Two By Two." She performed in CCT's "Spoon River Anthology," "Mame," "Oliver!," "Nunsense," "Nunsense II", and "Williams Window."


Judi was an accomplished director for CCT, having directed "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Echoes from the Chisholm Trail," which she co-authored, "Scrooge's Christmas Carol," "Oliver!," "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Miracle on 34th Street," and "The Wizard of Oz." She was currently directing "Babes in Toyland."


Judy was instrumental in establishing the CCT/CHS Scholarship Program, and served on the Grant Writing and Publicity committees for the Washita Theatre purchase and renovation project.


Survivors include three counsins: Susan Elizabeth Randall of Oklahoma City; Carolyn Eblers of Katy, Texas; Brad Long of Oklahoma City and one uncle E. Ray Long of Oklahoma City. She was previously married to David McElroy and Roger B. Drummond. Judi was blessed with a large extended family consisting of her colleagues, present and former students at OU and USAO, and the many CCT members and participants.


Due to Judi's commitment and love for CCT, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chickasha Community Theatre in her name, at CCT, 1717 Carolina Ave., Chickasha OK 73018.


Besides the funeral in Chickasha, a memorial service is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union's University Club in Norman.

Information about that service is available from the OU Writing Center, 405-325-2936.
All arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home in Chickasha.