Dawn Culbertson, who was a member of the Board of Directors of the Lute Society of America at the time, died suddenly and unexpectedly the evening of Thanksgiving day, the 25th of November, 2004, while attending a dance sponsored by the Baltimore Folk Music Society. She was 53.
Dawn had been a member of the LSA since 1976. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors since 1998, she was a frequent contributor of record reviews as well as some longer articles to the Quarterly and had served as guest editor of the May 2002 issue. She also played the recorder and was active in English country dancing.
It is ironic that at the LSA Lute Festival 2004 the preceding July, during the Participants Recital (when the picture above was taken) Dawn dedicated her performance of Mille Regretz to the memory of Karl-Ernst Schröder, who had died just a little more than a year before she did.