|Meredith Abigail Eagon Diness
Bart Barnes - Published: October 6, 2012 The Washington Post
Meredith A. Diness, 74, a professor at the University of the District of Columbia where
she had served on the faculty senate and chaired the visual and performing art
departments, died of metastatic melanoma Aug. 30 at her home in Bethesda.
The death was confirmed by her daughter, Marnie Rode.
In 1968, Dr. Diness joined the faculty at Federal City College, a predecessor institution
to UDC. She taught drawing, art history and other classes. She continued her career
there as an art teacher through the formation of UDC in 1977 and remained on the
faculty until January of this year.
Meredith Abigail Eagon was born in Delaware, Ohio. She grew up in Washington,
graduated from Western High School (1958) and, in 1958, from George Washington
University. She received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Maryland in
1974 and a doctorate in art in 1994 from Union Institute in Cincinnati.
She was director of the art program at Colorado Academy in Denver, an assistant
instructor at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, and an instructor at the Walden
School in Washington, which she helped found, before joining the faculty at Federal City
In 1958 she married Alex Rode. He later changed his name to Alex Rode Redmountain,
but the others in the family retained Rode as their surname. The marriage ended in
Her second husband, Arthur M. Diness, whom she married in 1988, died died in 2002.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Jordan Rode of San Francisco
and Marnie Rode of Bethesda; two stepchildren, Cecily Diness of Burtonsville and
Ethan Diness of Albuquerque; and a grandson.