The all-embracing love, irrepressible energy and powerful creativity of Rhiannon Meier came to a close in West Hollywood on December 8th, 2007 when her life ended suddenly in an automobile crash caused by a drunk driver. With her in the car was Sam Cassel whose life was also taken.
Born November 12th, 1979 in Topeka, Kansas, Rhiannon grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. As a child, Rhiannon loved gymnastics, dance, basketball and swimming. At West Junior High School, her peers elected her as president of their ninth-grade class. Often with her dance partners Briea Alden and Candice Lahm, she competed in dance performances and national competitions through the Dance Gallery of Lawrence and Priscilla and Dana’s Dance Studio of Liberty, Missouri. She captained the Lawrence High School Pom Squad and, with her close friend Ellen Belot, the Junior Varsity Soccer team. An exceptional writer and creative thinker, she won two writing competitions while at LHS and was chosen to present the graduation speech in 1998.
She went on to Stanford University where, with John Medina and Chae Hill, she founded and directed Urban Styles, a jazz and hip-hop dance group. Her sophomore year, she was one of five Stanford Dollies, a premier dance squad for the university. That year, the Dollies performed with the Band in the 2000 Rose Bowl Parade. Rhiannon’s influence and joy spread throughout the Stanford community as she choreographed A Chorus Line, spent a summer as a counselor at Stanford Sierra Camp, was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was a Resident Assistant for the dorm Alondra. After graduating from Stanford in 2002 with degrees in Communications and Feminist Studies and a Dance minor, she moved to Los Angeles to begin her career as a movie producer.
While in Hollywood, Rhiannon quickly made a name for herself working for Motion Picture Corporation of America, MGM, Blue Star Productions, and most recently Red Wagon Studios as Vice President for Development. Rhiannon raised two dogs Zoey and Bailey, who brought her tremendous happiness and comfort. Rhiannon’s mother Marie and step-father Tom will now care for the dogs.
Surviving are her mother Marie Adams Dolembo, her father Matthew J. Meier, her step-father Tom P. Dolembo, her sister Rebecca Young, her step-brother Mike Dolembo, her grandmother Anne Gorbutt Adams, her grandfather Raymond Adams, her grandmother Violet Meier, and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.