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It is with deep sadness that the IDRS reports the death of one of the Founding Fathers of our Society. Gerald Corey, whose industrious leadership, first with the creation of the newsletter: “To the World’s Bassoonists”, and later with the formation of the first annual Conference, leading to the development of the IDRS itself, and guidance, passed away on December 2, 2010, in Ottawa, Canada. Gerry had been suffering from ALS disease, commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s” disease. He was 74 years old.

In speaking of his close friendship with Gerry, IDRS Oboe Editor Dan Stolper wrote:

“This is a very sad day for me. Gerry and I were at Eastman together – we were actually roommates for a year. It was truly a life-changing day for me when Gerry approached me about starting a newsletter called “To the World’s Oboists”. He was a great artist and a real visionary. I don’t think there’d be an IDRS without his idealism and optimistic spirit. I’m grateful to him, and I miss him already!”

The Editors of the Double Reed are beginning to plan a special edition of the publication commemorating Jerry as the first issue for 2011. The issue #4 for 2010 is nearing publication and would have to be delayed too long to include memorials and remembrances of Jerry.

IDRS Bassoon Editor Ron Klimko will be collecting memorials, stories, etc, regarding Jerry for this special issue. Those who knew and loved Jerry, will want to contribute to this. Ron’s email address is: and he can also be reached by snail mail: Ron Klimko, PO Box 986, McCall, ID 83638-0986.

There are so many ways we will all miss Jerry: for his work as the first IDRS Editor, early Officer of the Society, innovative mastery of both the French- and German-system bassoons and the performance of both during his long tenure as principal bassoon of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada after an earlier career as principal of the Baltimore Symphony in Maryland. His legacy to the bassoon world will live on and on.

The IDRS joins his friends, family and students in deeply mourning the passing one of our most honored of Honorary Members.

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