THORA  du Bois
Dr. Thora Asgeirson du Bois was born September 4, 1927, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in the Icelandic community there. A superb pianist and beloved music teacher, she died January 16, 2020, at Golden Oaks Village in Stillwater.

Thora's lifelong love and study of piano and music began at age 6. Early lessons prepared her for Associate and Licenciate Diplomas in Music at the University of Manitoba's School of Music, and a Licentiate from the British Royal Schools of Music. In 1952, studying in Paris, France, she met and married her husband, Californian Ron du Bois, a studio artist and ceramicist.

By 1960 the du Bois family settled in Stillwater, where Ron taught art at OSU and Thora taught private piano lessons. Their family grew to include four sons, Paul, Marc, Jon, and Peter. Thora completed a Bachelor of Music degree at OSU and her Master's and Doctorate degrees at Oklahoma University. She continued teaching private lessons and joined the OSU music faculty.

An active member of social, church, and civic groups, Thora supported and helped many people in our community and reached out to and welcomed international students and faculty. She initiated the local chapter of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association in 1983 and co-founded the Stillwater Area Music Teachers Association.

After retiring from OSU in 1996, Thora continued to teach private lessons, play for the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Stillwater and perform. She played regularly at assisted living centers centers and, at Golden Oaks Village, played almost daily for her fellow residents.

Thora accompanied her husband Ron on three year-long Fulbright sabbatical trips abroad. Always an ambassador of good will representing America as she traveled throughout the world, she shared her talents, performing, teaching, accompanying singers and contributing to university music programs in South Korea, (1973-4), India (1979-80), and Nigeria (1987-80).

Thora is survived by her husband, son Marc, adopted daughter Mita Young Butschek and her husband Christopher, granddaughter Kristy Gordon, and nieces Louise Torfason and Kristine Parr.

Interment will be 2 pm, Wednesday, January 22, at Green Haven Cemetery. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Ron and Thora du Bois Scholarship Fund through the OSU Foundation.
Published on January 17, 2020


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Claudia Mornhinweg
Jan 23, 2020
Thora was a beautiful person who was blessed with a musical talent beyond all imagination. She will be missed by everyone who met her.
Jan 23, 2020
To the family of our friend and colleague, Thora, we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy. Thora was admired by all who knew her.
The Emeriti Association at OSU
Carol Olson
Jan 23, 2020
Thora was a true musician. Her legacy lives in every student she taught. These notes herein are evidence of the impact she made in her corner of the world. We are honored to call her Friend.
Carol and Kent Olson
Jan 22, 2020
Dawn of Remembrance Basket was purchased for the family of THORA du Bois.  Send flowers
Fran Toney Young
Jan 21, 2020
Sweet Thora will be missed by so many! When I was a Freshman in the OSU School of Music in 1965, Thora and I began a lifetime of friendship. She was the definition of lovely, and always so very kind. She took me into her family, as well as my husband and children as they entered the picture. I am so grateful to have known such a great and humble woman. May God be with dear Ron and Marc, and the many friends who will miss her.
Sandra Meyer
Jan 20, 2020
I first met Thora in the Holmberg Hall studio of the late Celia Mae Bryant at the University of Oklahoma. For at least a couple years (mid-late 1970s), our lessons were back to back, and of course we would greet each other every time. As the years went by, we both became involved with OMTA, and I looked forward to seeing her at many events. She was an incredibly sweet, kind lady whom I will never forget.
Andy Maxey
Jan 20, 2020
I will always remember Thora as one of the sweetest people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. She will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss her greatly. My heart goes out to her family at this difficult time.
Rose Ratcliffe
Jan 20, 2020
Thora was such a lovely person, I mostly got to know her through OMTA and my music store Major Music. I was always delighted to visit with her!
kathryn Hickman
Jan 20, 2020
Thora was a very special person, She was always giving 100% to her students. I enjoyed her friendship and working with her on projects for various music organizations.
Sonja Hannon
Jan 20, 2020
Thora was a very sweet loving person. What a wonderful life she had!
Tana Del Prete
Jan 19, 2020
You are missed and loved Thora . Your charm , kindness , and graceful presence will remain with all .
I was privileged to hear you play Moonlight Sonata not so very long ago . That moment brought tears to my eyes . Rest peacefully .