Topic: Passings of Double Reed Musicians.....

I do see passings of double reed musicians or their spouses from time to time.  It is not my goal to post all of them, but if I see some of interest for one reason or the other I will post them. 

Bassoonist Alexander Heller, graduated from Curtis..age 62
http://host.madison.com/news/local/obit … b1aac.html

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Norman Jeter....had master's degree from Northwestern in oboe.  He was 85 0r 86.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pensac … =175261238

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delmar wrote:

I do see passings of double reed musicians from time to time.  It is not my goal to post all of them, but if I see some of interest for one reason or the other I will post them. 

Bassoonist Alexander Heller, graduated from Curtis..age 62
http://host.madison.com/news/local/obit … b1aac.html

I never met him, but I own his recording of the Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and Cello, with a young Yo-Yo Ma(!).

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Robert Dewar bassoonist and heckelphonist......at age 70.

http://mil-embedded.com/4038-adacores-r … sses-away/

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Dewar was a superb baritone, a bassoon and recorder player, a conductor, and a member of the North American Heckelphone Society

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Certified Financial Planner Jay Hesselgrave has died.  He lists winning principal bassoon of the Summit (NJ) Symphony as one of his biggest accomplishments in life.
http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledg … =175720441

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Pearl Christlieb, wife of bassoonist and IDRS honorary member Don Christlieb, has died at age 99.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latime … =175811920

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Bassoonist Paul Stebbins, NY area, died on Monday - if I see an obituary I will post it. He was only 67 and was a terrific mensch and bassoonist. He'd had heart problems for some time.

James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
"To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live." Soren Kierkegaard
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi  "Mach' es kurz! Am Juengsten Tag ist's nur ein Furz!" Goethe

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Violinist Roberta Nowlin has died.  Her husband RAY NOWLIN was principal bassoon of the Pasadena Symphony for many years and also played in 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers orchestras.  He is mentioned in the obituary.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pasade … =176009995

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Bruce Morrison died May 19, 2015.  He played oboe in the Houston Symphony under Sir John Barbirolli.  Later in life, he went into teaching.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentuc … =174927817

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Renate Rosenblatt, wife of the late EH Lou Rosenblatt, has died.  I'll try to post an obit if I see it.

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John Harper, former principal bassoon of the London Symphony (1955-65) has died, in Sydney. He was 82.
http://lso.co.uk/more/news/483-obituary … -1933-2015

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Oboist John Ellis has died.  He taught at NC School for the Arts (now UNCSA) for many years and played in Hollywood as well.  I believe he had been in poor health for several years.
http://www.uncsa.edu/pressreleases/Rele … /Ellis.htm

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Oboist Philip MacArthur has died.....principal oboe of Syracuse Symphony from 1962 to 2009.......studied with Ray Still at Roosevelt U.

http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/sy … =176786402

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Obit for bassoonist Paul Stebbins, mentioned by Jim Jeter in an earlier post.
http://www.observertoday.com/page/conte … l?nav=5008

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John Hayden died in late October 2015.  Many of you may be familiar with his name from Hayden Double Reeds.
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignit … id=6647602

on line guestbook....
http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Dignity … =176219372

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Bassoonist Daniel Smith has died.  R.I.P., Dan.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/a … 7-20151230

James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
"To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live." Soren Kierkegaard
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi  "Mach' es kurz! Am Juengsten Tag ist's nur ein Furz!" Goethe

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(Nice picture of Tom at the link.)

Oboist Tom Fay has died after a long illness.  He played in the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1967-84.
http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/husband … 98b14.html

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Bassoonist Louise Goni died in March 2015.  She was from the Boston area.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/boston … =174420144

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Bassoonist Jan Weinstein has died.  Many years ago she played in the New Orleans Philharmonic.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/abqjou … =177153651

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Oboist Lois Anne Del Vallee has died.  She went to Indiana University and according to her obituary played principal oboe in the South Bend Symphony for 20 years.  More recently she had moved to Chicago and played in the Evanston Symphony.
http://www.donnellanfuneral.com/sitemak … id=1752060

http://www.donnellanfuneral.com/sitemaker/memsol_data/1813/1752060/1752060_profile_pic.jpg

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According to a Facebook post bassoonist Jim Hough has passed away.....He played in the New York Kammermusiker with Illona Petersen and friends.....

Here is a pic of Jim with John de Lancie, Evelyn McCarty, Andrea de Lancie and Jim Hough.
http://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlp1/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/12743923_1675491109378330_6899851348749411317_n.jpg?oh=1c94b83d73870ae237c2f9f19785bb21&oe=576C8022

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Robert Stout has died at age 99.  I wonder where he went to school and who is teacher might have been?  It seems he spent a lot of his life in Michigan.
He was a musician and played oboe and English horn in the Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Fort Wayne Symphony orchestras. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/battle … =177951033

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Bassoonist Jim Hough has died.  He had a heart condition and died suddenly at home in Spain.

From the IDRS Facebook page....
https://www.facebook.com/groups/idrsema … 6628064512

It is with great sadness that I(flutist Dianne Winsor) can now officially confirm the death of bassoonist James D. Hough (1947-2016), a Curtis and Juilliard grad and former member of the Utah Symphony.
James D. Hough, bassoonist.
Born in Philadelphia (U.S.A.) on June 9, 1947, Dr. Hough studied bassoon at the Juilliard School of Music, NY, with Harold Goltzer, bassoonist with the NY Philharmonic and at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia with Sol Schoenbach and Bernard Garfield, solo bassoonists with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and chamber music with John de Lancie, solo oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A former member of the Utah Symphony bassoon section, Dr. Hough taught at the University of Utah and at the Settlement Music School, Philadelphia. He also taught and performed in Taiwan and Korea, under the auspices of the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund.
Until 1998, he was principal bassoonist with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra and professor of bassoon and woodwind chamber music at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música, in Valladolid, Spain. He subsequently earned his doctorate in music at Texas Tech University, while remaining active as a chamber musician and researching and writing articles on topics related to the history and development of woodwind instruments.
Dr. Hough suffered from a heart condition and died suddenly at his home in Valladolid, Spain on February 14, 2016.

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Gordon Solie

Dear Friends of Gordon Solie
Gordon passed away peacefully April 20th.  His condition declined very rapidly this past week, but he was very comfortable.
I will contact you again when a memorial event is planned.  If you know of others who should be on the contact list for the memorial please let me know via this email address, whelanconnie@comcast.net.
Condolences can be sent to his niece: Jane Bates, 225 E Shasta St, Orland CA 95963-1515
May we all contemplate those wonderful times with Gordon.
Connie Whelan

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A friend just sent me this article regarding Gordon:


Gordon A. Solie (1929 - 2016)

Solie, Gordon A. 87 Feb. 20, 1929 April 20, 2016 Gordon A. Solie, a prominent figure in Portland's Classical music scene, passed away April 20, 2016, at Terwilliger Plaza. Gordon, a bassoonist, arrived in Portland from Southern California in 1955 to join the Oregon Symphony (then Portland Symphony) and Portland Opera Orchestra. He received his BS degree in 1970 from Portland State University (then College) and was subsequently hired as band director and bassoon instructor. He retired from PSU as Professor Emeritus after 30 years, but continued on as contra bassoonist of the Opera Orchestra for several more years. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and did further doctoral studies at the Latin American Music Institute at the University of Texas. Mr. Solie helped found the Peter Britt Festival of Jacksonville Ore., where he was a guest conductor and played bassoon for 37 summers seasons. He held conducting posts with the National Opera Orchestra of Mexico and Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As a bassoonist he toured with the Robert Shaw Chorus and Orchestra in South America, played four summer seasons with Orquesta Filharmnica de las Amricas (Mexico City), seven summer seasons with Ernest Bloch Festival Orchestra, and 10 summer seasons with Alaska Music Festival Orchestra. He also soloed with seven US orchestras. He was a member of Ensemble Viento and Trio Viento with other members of PSU music faculty. Gordon was an avid traveler. After retirement from PSU he began publishing woodwind music which he had collected during his sabbaticals and summers traveling in Latin America. He published over 300 works under his company name Editions Viento. Gordon at age 19 assumed much of the role of father and provider for his family when his father passed away. He became first bassoonist in the Long Beach (Calif.) Orchestra while still in high school. Gordon, a very social person, shared his wonderful sense of humor with his many friends. Gordon is survived by his niece and her husband Jane and Gerry Bates; their children Rusty, Jody and Jerry; and great-niece, Linda Gail Hibbard. Memorial event: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at PSU Lincoln Hall recital hall Rm 75.

Published in The Oregonian from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016

James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
"To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live." Soren Kierkegaard
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi  "Mach' es kurz! Am Juengsten Tag ist's nur ein Furz!" Goethe