Actress Fern Persons dies at 101

Served on SAG national board for more than 20 years

Actress Fern Persons, a former member of the SAG national board, died Sunday in Denver. She would have been 102 on July 27.

Persons appeared in films including “Risky Business” (she played a lab teacher), “Hoosiers,” “Field of Dreams” and “Prelude to a Kiss.” She had a small role on an episode of “ER” in 1999 and last appeared in the 2004 indie pic “Boricua.”

She served on the SAG national board from 1976-1998, on SAG’s Chicago Branch Council for 44 years until 2006 and on the AFTRA Chicago Local Board for more than 30 years. Persons served as a SAG Regional Branch Division representative on TV/Theatrical and Commercials negotiating committees during the 1980s and 1990s.

In Chicago, she led projects designed to increase employment opportunities for senior members as co-chair of the Chicago AFTRA/SAG Seniors Committee from 1984 to 2003.

Born Fern Ball in Chicago, Persons first joined AFTRA in 1937. She received AFTRA Founders Award in 2006 and SAG’s Howard Keel Award in 2009.

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