COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Longtime theater educator and namesake of the Columbus Springer Opera House Theater Academy, Dorothy "Dot" McClure has died.
McClure passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital. Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said she died of natural causes.
She had a long history of supporting the arts in the southeast. Dot McClure was part of a group of local arts patrons back in the 1960s credited with helping to save the Springer from the wrecking ball. The renovations of the theater were completed in 1965 and later became the State Theater of Georgia.
"In the mid-1960's downtown Columbus was vacant, so when the Springer was restored and people begin to come back downtown to see shows, Dot McClure was in the very center of that effort," said Paul Pierce, producing artistic director for the Springer.
Both Dot and her husband Charles served on the board of Trustees for the Springer for over 40 years. In time, the Springer Children's Academy was established in her name.
Dot and Charles McClure owned several radio stations in Georgia and a television station in Columbus. In 1989 they established the McClure Family Foundation which continues to support charities mostly in the state of Georgia.