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In memoriam: Grover Pitman (1943-2013)
He was born in 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Mae Belle Reese and John William Pitman and moved shortly thereafter to San Antonio, where he graduated in 1961 from Sam Houston High School.
He received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD from Catholic University. He completed a college teaching career which spanned 43 years at Muskingum, Winthrop, and Westminster Colleges. At Westminster, he led a number of student tours to Europe and was chair of the music department for several years.
Dr. Pitman also played French Horn professionally for 52 years, which included the San Antonio, Austin, Annapolis, Charlotte, Youngstown, and Warren symphony orchestras and numerous woodwind and brass quintets (including the Annapolis Brass Quintet), and he has concertized in Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S.
He served in the U.S. Navy as solo horn of the Naval Academy Band and in the Navy and Army Reserves. He was active in his church, St. Johnís Episcopal in Youngstown, serving on the vestry and in the choir.
In memoriam: Robert Matthews 1934-2010
|Long time Allegheny Chapter member Robert Eugene
Matthews, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2010.
He was born in Akron, Ohio on March 10, 1934, the
son of the late John and Mary Quittschreiber Matthews.
He received his undergraduate degree from the
University of Akron and a Masterís Degree from Columbia University. He was
a Professor of Music at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. During his
teaching and musical career he received numerous professional awards.
In memoriam: Alan Krueck 1939-2010
|Alan Henry Krueck, 70, of Brownsville, PA, passed away suddenly at his
home on June 24, 2010. Alan was born November 15, 1939, the son of the late
William F. Krueck and Ruth (Hayes) Krueck of Rochester, NY. Alan Krueck
attended various elementary schools in Rochester, Albany and Syracuse, NY,
and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, in 1957.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in music and related arts from Syracuse University in 1961. The same year he went to Switzerland to begin work for the doctoral degree in musicology at the University of ZŁrich. In 1963 he interrupted his studies and obtained a master's degree in German language and literature from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1965. He subsequently returned to Switzerland to conclude studies there and received his doctorate in 1966.
His doctoral dissertation, The Symphonies of Felix Draeseke: A Study in Consideration of Developments in Symphonic Form in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, was the first English-language study of Draeseke's music. Alan joined the faculty of what is now the California University of Pennsylvania in 1967, where he remained for the rest of his career as a professor in the departments of music and modern languages, retiring as emeritus professor in 2004. Dr. Krueck was a renowned expert on late 19th- century music and was the world's authority on the composer Felix Draeseke, about whom he prepared the chapter in the authoritative Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
He was instrumental in the organization of the International Draeseke Society http://www.draeseke.org/idg/index.htm of Germany and the U.S. and was the founder of AK/Coburg http://www.draeseke.org/akcoburg/index.htm, a music company that received high praise from music periodicals and publications for recordings with a high degree of originality and quality. Alan lectured frequently at scholarly meetings and earlier in June 2010 returned from the 24th annual conference of the Draeseke Society in Germany. He is survived by his brother, Donald of Syracuse; a cousin, Stephen Glanville of Rochester; and many other family members in Rochester and Canada. His devotion to scholarship was equaled only by the generosity that he shared it with, and encouraged it in, others. He will be missed and long remembered with great affection by all who had the privilege to know him and experience his sheer exuberance at the variety of life.
By Bob Rej, International Draeseke Society, Published in Syracuse Post Standard, July 4, 2010
more tributes may be found at: http://www.draeseke.org/krueck/index.htm
In memoriam: Irving Godt 1923-2006
Dr. Irving Godt, Professor of Musicology at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania from 1970-2003, died Dec. 5, 2006 at his home in
Indiana, PA. A son of Solomon and Sadie Godt, he was born March 13, 1923 in
New York City. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and is survived by
his daughter, Ella Godt and her husband, Drew Silver of Brooklyn, NY.
Carl Rahkonen, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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