Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Kathleen Funk Pearson

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Kathleen Funk Pearson

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Kathleen Funk Pearson. 93 years old, March 22, 2010, at Shell Point, Fort Myers, FIa., where she lived for the past 22 years. She remained active as a musician and performer into her late 80s when her boundless energy was compromised by fading eyesight. Born Kathleen Marie Funk on April 19, 1916, in Philadelphia, she grew up in Perkasie and Wyomissing, Pa. She was married for 62 years to Donald M. Pearson whom she met in graduate school. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory, receiving the Selby Houston award for highest honors in organ and theory, and was elected to the honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda. After graduate study at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Harold Gleason, she came to Vassar College as a music department member and assistant college organist in 1941. From 1957, she was the chapel organist, playing for commencements, memorials, convocations, weddings, and funerals until her last service in 1988, a span of 47 years. During her years in Poughkeepsie, she also held positions as organist at the First Presbyterian Church and for 16 years as organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church. She was a visiting professor at SUNY-New Paltz, chapel organist for the Harvard Divinity School, and for twelve years organist for the summer conferences of the Danforth Foundation. She taught numerous piano and organ students and performed along with her husband at Vassar, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, West Point, and St. …

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