In Memoriam: MENC Acknowledges Recent Member Deaths

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

New York

Geoff Richter, 36 years, Williamsville

Eugene Vincent Timpano, 55 years, Massapequa

Elmer E. Yearwood, 17 years, Jamaica

North Carolina

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

South Carolina

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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 Member Deaths Earlier in 2010

-Roz Fehr,  October 7, 2010 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education