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Scholarship Fund for Stuart Kirkfield

As many of you may know, our beloved friend, critique partner, cheerleader, and mentor Vivian Kirkfield lost her husband on May 5th.

Stuart Kirkfield was an educator and financial guide to many, as well as a lifetime bamboo fly-fishing aficionado and author of “The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod: A Master’s Secrets of Restoration and Repair.”

In addition to being a self-taught artisan, restoring fine bamboo fly rods and antique fountain pens, painting in watercolor and writing in calligraphy, he delighted in and supported Vivian as a children's author. Stuart was her sounding board for every single story before her critique partners saw it. He played a pretty big part in her burgeoning writing career.

As a tribute to him, and Vivian, a scholarship fund in Stuart Kirkfield's name has been set up with the Highlights Foundation. Go to this link (

After the "amount & address" fields, scroll down to the heading "DONATION DESIGNATION" - click on the "SCHOLARSHIP FUND" circle. Then Stuart Kirkfield's name will appear - click that circle.

Thank you Sherri Jones Rivers for helping put this Scholarship together!

The Highlights Foundation was chosen because it's 1,300 acres "nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains" not only serves writers and illustrators with its forty annual workshops, but also hosts fly fishermen. Encompassing both the outdoor and creative aspects that Stuart loved so much.

Maria Marshall

 Photograph © A. Marshall

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