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Posted on Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Former Embassy Theatre executive director dies

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Doris Edwards Stovall, 79, a former executive director of the Embassy Theatre, died Jan. 28 in Snellville, Ga.

Stovall served as Embassy leader from 1992 to 1999, a theater news release said. Her family has requested memorial donations be made to the Embassy Theatre Foundation, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Stovall is credited with leading a $5 million capital improvement campaign that resulted in installing a new and larger stage in the historic theater to accommodate most traveling shows, the news release said.

The work also included a larger orchestra lift, providing more leg room between seat rows on the main floor, new and brighter lighting in the main lobby, and work to refurbish the adjoining Indiana Hotel lobby so it can accommodate large gatherings.

In 2003, a plaque honoring her was placed on the Embassy Walk of Fame, the news release said.

“I did not get to meet Doris in person, but the Embassy still feels her leadership presence to this day,” Kelly Updike, current Embassy executive director, said in the news release. “This past summer, Doris called me to say how proud she was of the Embassy's Vision construction project and how well the organization is doing.”

Last year, the Embassy announced a $10 million fundraising campaign to pay for renovating four floors of the adjoining former Indiana Hotel and other undeveloped areas of the building.

The work would create a two-story-high ballroom and rooftop garden, studio and rehearsal space, classrooms, a history center, and improved public access and concessions.

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