Eugene (Gene) Morlan, who, during a 29-year career at MENC, was acting executive director as well as assistant executive secretary, associate executive secretary, and director of professional programs, recently died. He taught high school music and also taught at Ohio University in Athens, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Morlan founded and conducted of the Woodstock (VA) Community Chorus. He also conducted and performed in shows for the Army Special Service in the Pacific Theater in World War II. For 20 years he was founding conductor and musical director of the 100-voice Mormon Choir of Washington, DC, and more recently performed for patients at nursing centers and assisted-living facilities in Northern Virginia.
The passing of Lincoln Igou of New Paltz, New York, was another death of note. An 80-year member, he MENC’s oldest active living of member at the time of his 2010 death. He was an Instructor of Music at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and was a former president of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. From 1946-1976 Igou was the professor of Music/Humanity at the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz. Igou also helped to establish the first nationally approved accredited music therapy program in New York.
MENC acknowledges the following members for their years of service to the profession of music education and MENC. From March 2010 to date, MENC has been notified of the following deaths:
Robert Anderson, 57 years, Los Alamitos
Marion Burgess Sell, 43 years, San Diego
Harold G. Bradley, 50 years, Wellington
Yolanda Dragone, 58 years, Sun City Center
J. Richard Warren, 58-year life member, Niceville
George Bagley, 8 years, Leesburg
Charles McPhail, 33 years, Griffin
Dorothy O. Nowlin, 51 years, Holton
Marianne Work Newcomb, 48-year life member, Orchard Lake
David Magnuson, 44 years, Saint Paul
Sr. Mary Jean Tuttle, 36 years, Duluth
Arthur Wolf, 36 years, Minneapolis
Robert W. Gray, 39, years, Festus
Geoff Richter, 36 years, Williamsville
Eugene Vincent Timpano, 55 years, Massapequa
Elmer E. Yearwood, 17 years, Jamaica
Leigh A. Kimble, 7 years, Swannanoa.
Perry Wilder Norris, 42 years, Durham
Roy Robert Hornyak, 59 years, Cincinnati
Richard M Webster, 42 years, Toledo
David Lucas, 41 years, Lawton
Deborah Hamby, 3 years, Greer
Brandon Jamison, 2 years, North Charleston
Barbara Eads, 35 years, La Porte
John Green, 67-year life member, Denton
Heather Christensen, 7 years, Spanish Fork
Gaylie Grindheim Lund, 31 years, Dumfries
Rawn Spearman, 32 years, Virginia Beach
Keith Eide, 48 years, Anacortes
Robert Pendergrast, 9 years, Olympia
Darci Weydeveld, 10 years, Casper
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-Roz Fehr, October 7, 2010 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education