In Memoriam

Doris Faye Burton, 1944-2012

Doris Faye Burton, known as Faye, a staff member at SMTD for 39 years, died on December 5, 2012. A native of Birmingham, Alabama and an alumnus of Miles College, Burton began work at U-M in 1966. She was the assistant to Willis Patterson and H. Robert Reynolds, and, at the time of her retirement in 2005, was executive secretary to Daniel Washington, dean of minority services and
professor of voice. For music students, she filled the role of surrogate mother, morale booster, staunch supporter, and tireless steward for three decades. Among the distinguished alumni who were touched by her humor, caring, and kindness were Damon Gupton, Darnel Ishmel, Tami Lee Hughes, Karen Johnson, and Sean Panniker, to name just a few. Burton was also minister of music, pianist, organist, and choir director for the New Hope Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, started by her brother, the Rev. Albert J. Lightfoot, in 1965.

 

 

Edward Chudacoff, 1925-2013

Edward Chudacoff

Edward Chudacoff (BM ’49, AM ’51, DMA ’59), professor emeritus of music theory, died on February 12, 2013. Raised in Munising, Michigan, Chudacoff began his undergraduate work at U-M in the School of Engineering but joined the U.S. Army during his sophomore year, serving from 1944-46. Upon his discharge, he returned to U-M and changed his major to music. He undertook additional studies at the Royal College of Music in
London (1952-53) on a Fulbright Award and at the Berkshire Music
Center/Tanglewood in the summer of 1952. He served as a graduate student
teaching assistant and instructor at U-M before joining the faculty of Oberlin College
where he was assistant professor of music from 1959-65. He returned to
Michigan as assistant professor in 1965 and was promoted to professor in
1967. Chudacoff had
an especially strong record of service to the
University, serving on multiple committees before retiring in 1996. Contributions in Professor Chudacoff’s memory can be made to SMTD’s Edward Chudacoff Endowment Scholarship Fund.

 

 

William Doppmann, 1934-2013

William Doppmann

The world lost one of its great pianists and composers on January 27, 2013 with the passing of William Doppmann (BM ’56, MM ’58). A prodigy from Louisville, Kentucky, Doppmann studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music through his high school years and was a veteran of more than 500 performances by the time he entered college. During his sophomore year at U-M, he won both the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Michaels Memorial Award, the only musician ever to win both prizes in a single season. He later won the Leventritt Competition as well. After graduation and a year of independent study, Doppmann spent two years in the U.S. Army followed by 13 years as a professor of music and artist-in-residence at three major universities. While raising his family in the Pacific Northwest, he further developed as a composer and pianist and returned to performing in 1982, reaping great critical acclaim. He performed recitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and the Far East and was a soloist with major orchestras and at top music festivals around the world. As a composer, Doppmann was the recipient of several competitive grants and awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships. As a distinguished alumnus of SMTD, he was a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award. He served as artistic director of the Port Townsend Chamber Music Society (Washington) for 20 years and his legacy lives on in his many chamber music and solo recordings.

 

 

Gordon A. Hardy, 1918-2013

Gordon A. Hardy (BM ’41, MM ’46) musician, teacher, and administrator, died on January 7, 2013. Born in Hudson, Indiana, Hardy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the midst of his academic studies at U-M, serving as an officer in WWII’s Pacific theatre. Following the war, he finished his master’s in music theory and composition at U-M before moving to New York to pursue a bachelor of science in piano and to work in musical theatre. He taught at The Juilliard School from 1952-65 and was dean of students from 1965-77. During this time, he also worked at the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), first as an assistant to the president, and then as dean of the Festival's summer education program, beginning in 1962. He resigned from Juilliard in 1977 to become president of the AMFS, where he is celebrated for initiating many forward thinking educational programs. He retired from Aspen in 1990.

 

 

Roger E. Jacobi, 1924-2012

Roger Jacobi

Roger E. Jacobi (BM ’48, MM ’51), professor emeritus of music, died on November 4, 2012. He began his career at the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a music teacher from 1948-56 and music coordinator from 1959-68. He began teaching at U-M in 1957, becoming a full professor in 1966. He directed U-M’s annual Midwestern Conference and oversaw the massive job of moving the School of Music into the Earl V. Moore Building in 1963-64. In 1971, Jacobi was briefly associate dean before becoming president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. During his 18-year tenure there, he gave stability and direction to an institution struggling to balance the traditions of the 45-year-old Camp with the adventurous 10-year-old Arts Academy. At the same time, he developed a balanced budget, oversaw major construction projects, and introduced jazz and creative writing to the Camp curriculum. One of his greatest memories was hosting President Gerald Ford at a High School Symphonic Band concert in his honor in 1975. Jacobi’s wife of 62 years, Mary Jane, predeceased him last June. A memorial service for Roger Jacobi will take place at Interlochen in the summer of 2013.

 

 

Ceal Phelan, 1950-2013

Ceal Phelan

Ceal Phelan, one of Philadelphia’s most popular stage actors, died on February 5, 2013. Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Phelan had no intention of being an actress until she took her first acting class at U-M. Rather than pursue a career on Broadway, she was drawn to regional theatre for the community it created and the opportunities it provided. In 1978 she and her husband, director and actor Peter DeLaurier, cofounded the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1981 she made her first appearance at People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, becoming an active company member in 1989 as an actor, teacher, and director. Phelan also regularly appeared with Pennsylvania’s Lantern Theatre Company, the Arden Theater, Act II Playhouse and others, and taught and directed at Temple, Arcadia, and West Chester universities and the University of Delaware.

 

 

 

1940s

Beverly Kaiser, BM ’49 in music education, died February 14, 2013

Frank Miller, MA ’42 in theatre, died December 12, 2012

Harriet Patterson, BM ’48 in voice, died November 16, 2012

 

1950s

Wallace Bjorke, MM ’51 in music theory, died December 24, 2012

Robert Wesley Brown, BS ’55, MS ’59 in music education, died October 4, 2012

John Daley, BM ’53 in piano, died January 13, 2013

James Platte Dunn, MM ’52 in music literature, died January 16, 2013

Virginia Garrett, BM ’55 in music education, died September 25, 2012

Robert Kehrl, BM ’58 in music education, died February 14, 2013

Carl Kleis, BM ’54 in music education, died November 4, 2012

Daniel Kovats, BM ’53 in music education, died November 29, 2012

Albert Nadeau, PhD ’55 and BA ’49 in theatre, died November 13, 2012

Ernest Paul Snedeker, MM ’50 in music education, died March 31, 2012

William Tepper, MM ’56 in music education, died December 1, 2012

Frances Tollas, BM ’53 in music literature, died February 17, 2013

 

1960s

Carl Dephouse, BM ’62 in music education, died November 8, 2012

Elvin Haley, MM ’69 in music education, died February 7, 2013

Kathleen Ketchum, BM ’68 in music education, died December 25, 2012

Ann McKinley, PhD ’63, MM ’53 and BM ’50 in music theory, died January 21, 2013

John Munsell, MA ’65 in theatre, died February 12, 2013

 

1970s

Mark Evans, BM ’72 in wind instruments, died February 13, 2013

Barbara Exline, MM ’74 in trumpet performance, died February 25, 2013

Stephen Smith, DMA ’77 in piano, died December 28, 2012

 

1990s

Kevin Coward, BM ’90 in vocal performance, died March 13, 2013