In memory of
Fournier, Rift TV writer, producer. Died of cancer on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. He was born in Wichita, KS, and raised in Omaha, NE, where he was a star High School athlete until age 16, when he contracted polio, which paralyzed his legs. Rift crafted an extraordinary career in advertising and TV. Some of his credits include the first African-American focused series "Our People," for Chicago Public Television, the Emmy-winning children's series "The GO Show!" for NBC, and episodes of "Kojak," "Baretta," "Matlock," and "NYPD Blue." When honored in 1976, by the President's Committee for Employment of the Physically Handicapped, Fournier only accepted at the behest of NBC stating, "I refuse to be defined as a man or artist by my wheelchair
to recognize an artist in terms of a disability neither serves the artist or society, since all artists create from their woundedness/limitations, and that is what connects them with society." An Artist in Residence at Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, MO, since 2007, he earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree there in May. He is survived by his 4 children, Noel Fournier of Atlanta, Joene Hendry (Ralph Chappell) of East Haddam, CT, Jackee Allen (Jeff) of Leggett, CA, and Clarissa Lyons (John Shumway)of New York City, NY; 6 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and a brother, J.B. Fournier (Nan) of Chicago, IL. Donations in Rift's memory are suggested to Creighton Prep, 7400 Western Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114-1878.
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