Hybridizer Crescent Deru (Mrs. Louis), 1909-1970
Ogden, Utah, USA
From The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 201(April 1971)
: Crescent Deru died December 29, 1970. A graduate of the University of Utah, with the degree of MFA from Utah State, she had been assistant professor of art at Weber College since 1964. Crescent was a professional weaver, pottery designer and flower arranger. A student of nature, she searched out elements to incorporate into her art work: native grasses for weaving, clays for pottery and dried plants for arrangements. Mrs. Deru wrote extensively for garden and iris publications. She contributed significantly to the current AIS Judges Handbook. Crescent introduced the BB CHOCOLETO, which was runnerup for the Knowlton Medal. Her primary interest was in median irises, which she used effectively in flower arrangements. She designed and executed her own flower containers, and was able to produce some of the most effective arrangements ever seen in Utah flower shows. She was a perfectionist in all her endeavors, and her contributions to the iris world will be missed.
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