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On April 24, 2008, DOROTHY GWEN "Dorothy" FRIED, 65, loving mother and grandmother, former modern dancer, instructor, and choreographer and community organizer, of Leesburg, VA, died, at Loudoun County INOVA Hospital of complications from cancer. Ms. Fried had battled metestastic breast cancer for six months. Ms. Fried recently moved to the Leesburg area to care for her beloved grandchildren after school whom she often described as the joy of her life. Previously, she lived in Columbia, MD, and operated the Arts PlayCare Center where she engaged preschool children in various creative activities, such as dance, music, fine arts, story-telling, puppetry, gardening and nature exploration. Ms. Fried was born and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She attended Julliard College and University of Michigan to study dance and received her Master's Degree in Dance from American University. She had a successful career in dance that spanned decades and the country. She established the Long Island Modern Dance Company and co-founded the Manning-Fried Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, with life-long friend Harry Precht. In the 1980's, Ms. Fried was a faculty member in the Dance Department at Towson State University, where she established a children's dance program and a program for student teachers in dance. She cofounded the Kinetics Dance Theatre School and Company in Ellicott City, Maryland, which grew and thrived under her 10-year tenure as Director. Kinetics remains a strong arts presence in Ellicott City today. During the 80's and 90's, she ran children's summer camps focused on the arts and choreographed numerous dance works throughout the Washington metropolitan area. In the mid-1990's, Ms.Fried was a community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) with a focus on schools in Beaumont, TX, and Pheonix, AZ. She was also a community organizer for the Southeast Community Organization (SECO) in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Fried is survived by her long-time companion F. Keith Nichols and his son, Austin Nichols of Washington, DC, daughter Carlotta Fried of Leesburg, VA, daughter Jennifer Oliver of Ashburn, VA, son-in-law Paul Oliver, and granddaughters, Amanda and Amber Oliver. Ms. Fried is also survived by her mother, Dorothy Taylor Graff, of Frankenmuth, MI, and three siblings: Patricia Arvilla and Hank Graff of Michigan and Mary-Lou Hesler of Florida. Her father, Max Henry Graff, died in 2004. Ms. Fried also leaves behind numerous other relatives and friends. Friends may call on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 7 to 9 pm, at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, SE Leesburg, VA 20175. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 1:00pm. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Leesburg, VA. A Memorial Scholarship Fund to support the arts is being established in Ms. Fried's name through Columbia Foundation in Columbia, MD.

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