OBITUARIES: Paul Truett Langston

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Paul Truett Langston, 84 years old, December 20, 2012, at his home in DeLand, Fla., surrounded by his immediate family. Born September 15, 1928, in Marianna, Fla., he held degrees from the University of Florida and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DSM degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. His organ teachers were Claude Murphree, Kenneth Poole, and Alec Wyton. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.

Langston was on the faculty of the Stetson University school of music from 1960 until his retirement in 1993, when he was named professor and dean emeritus; he served as dean of the school, 1963-85. Teaching for eight more years, he earned the McEniry Award for excellence in teaching. Listed in Who's Who in America, he served as an evaluator of collegiate music programs for the accrediting agency of the National Association of Schools of Music. Active as an organist, pianist, and church musician, he composed works for organ, solo voice, and choir; his oratorio Perros was premiered in 1983. Other works include chamber pieces, hymn tunes, a concerto for organ, brass, and percussion, a work for chorus and wind ensemble, and music for children's choir. Before coming to Stetson, he served as organist and choir director at St. …