Doris Burton

Doris Burton graduated from Purdue University with an MS degree related to residential interior design. In 1949, she began her college teaching career, most of which was spent as an interior design educator and later Department Chair at the University of Alabama. During her tenure there, she was instrumental in the growth and accreditation of the interior design program and a well-known advocate for interior design education. In 1983, she was recognized with the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award at the university. In 1986, she retired as a Professor Emeritus from the College of Human Environmental Services, University of Alabama. Subsequently, the university Board of Trustees established the Doris Burton Endowed Interior Design Scholarship.

Doris is most remembered for her service to IDEC and the development of the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER, now CIDA). She was a founding member of IDEC and a strong voice for it in the profession. Her IDEC service included FIDER liaison, Corresponding Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Historian. She made presentations on the IDEC history at the Annual Conferences in 1982, 1987, and 1992, and all of them were accurate, humorous, and memorable! She also was the first historian to truly organize materials for a presentation to the members. In 1993, she was recognized as a Fellow of IDEC.

Her service to FIDER was equally as committed, and started in the early 1970s as she guided its growth and direction, and served on the first accreditation teams. Later, she served on the FIDER Board of Directors and was Chairman of it in 1981-1982 and Secretary-Treasurer in 1984. During 1986-1991, she was Editor for the Accreditation Committee and a member of the Task Force on Implementation of New Standards, and during 1988 she served for 6 months as Acting Executive Director of FIDER. She also was instrumental in FIDER’s office relocation from New York City to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Joy Dohr remembers her association with Doris in both IDEC and FIDER: “She, along with so many Fellows, seamlessly communicated news and happenings of FIDER to IDEC and back. She, and this team, were truly visionary in their understanding of what needed to be accomplished and worked tirelessly to act on those goals for interior design education. … She was a leader who reached out to those of us coming up.” 

Doris Burton died on September 17, 2014 at age 93 in Birmingham, Alabama.

(Memorial: Buie Harwood)

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Joan Harland

Joan Harland matriculated from the Toronto Conservatory of Music in 1933, and later graduated in 1938 with the Bachelor of Architecture (Gold Medal) from the University of Manitoba. Soon after in 1939, she began teaching in the Architecture/Interior Design School at the University of Manitoba. With an increased enrollment due to the influx of returning veterans after 1945, she was charged to establish interior decoration as department within the faculty. During the 1950's, she oversaw the transition into the Department of Interior Design which, at that time, was the only degree program in interior design in Canada. It was later one of the early programs accredited by Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER, now CIDA). She served as Chair of this Department for 23 years until her retirement as Professor in 1980. But, she did not leave the university for 10 more years as she completed 52 undergraduate credits in Religion. In 1981 the University of Manitoba awarded her Professor Emeritus status.

Joan was a founding member of the Professional Interior Designers of Manitoba and a member of the group of educators who founded IDEC, and later she played an instrumental role in the development of FIDER. She worked tirelessly over her many years in interior design to raise the standards and recognition of our profession, and that of the University of Manitoba. Her many honors over these years of dedicated service include Fellow of IDEC, Fellow of the Interior Designers of Canada, Fellow of Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba, and most recently induction into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

Joan was reserved, engaging, committed, and inspiring in her dedication to interior design education. She fostered strong allegiances, helped shaped younger faculty, and supported numerous students while in school and after they graduated. She will be most remembered for being the first professional identity for the interior design program at the University of Manitoba during her tenure there as Department Chair.

Joan Harland passed away on July 17, 2016 at the age of 101 years. Memorials at her death confirm that she was a passionate and inspiring educator, a strong role model, and an advocate for the interior design profession.

(Memorial: Paul Petrie and Buie Harwood)

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Betty Treanor

Betty Treanor graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree and Iowa State University with an MA degree. Later, she served as a Mormon missionary and nurse in South America for a few years. Subsequently, she worked in interior design in Arizona and California. In the mid 1970s, she joined the faculty in interior design as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where she served on the interior design faculty and was Department Chair for many years. She retired from the university in 2004 as a Professor Emeritus. Betty was instrumental in the program being accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER, now CIDA). She retired from that college in the early 2000s.

Betty was an active member of IDEC, and worked diligently as Chair of the Bibliography Committee to develop a comprehensive Bibliography for IDEC. This project involved collecting, checking, and then publishing literature/research/works for interior design educators to use in teaching as well as in research and creative performance. It was a monumental task, and totaled close to 100+ pages. She also served as South Regional Chair, and made several creative/research presentations at IDEC conferences. In 1993, she served as Chair of the IDEC Annual Conference in San Antonio. Due to her contributions to IDEC and FIDER, she was recognized as a Fellow of IDEC.

Betty’s most active participation was with FIDER, where she served on the Committee on Accreditation during 1982-1985, and later was Chair. As Joy Dohr states: “I remember Betty, not only as a leader and doer, but as someone who would meet with an individual whose program had been denied accreditation and would take the time (permitted then) to go over ideas of how the program could improve based upon their review and then reapply once problems were corrected.” During 1987-1993, she served on the FIDER Board of Trustees, and was Chair of it for a year. In 1991, she participated on the Task Force on Reorganization and Structure and the Task Force for the Implementation of the New Standards.

Betty died May 11, 2012 in Utah at about 72 years old. Many people remember her as caring and dedicated, and committed to improving interior design education.

(Memorial: Buie Harwood, with help from Joy Dohr and Josette Rabun)

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