John Rouse’s Memorial Service in Virginia Attended by Several Yalies
July 27, 2017 in In Memoriam, Notes
Mark Alberta writes: “I just wanted to report a sad event — a chorus of ‘Yale Glee Club Friends of John Rouse‘ sang Durufle and other pieces at John’s Memorial Service in Newport News, Virginia late last month. In attendance were singers Mark Fittipaldi, Glen Modell and myself (all of John Rouse’s Class of 72) and also Naomi Lewin, Bob Bonds, Sonya Baker and Jon Clune of adjacent Yale classes., together with other Yale friends. John passed away quickly and unexpectedly from a particularly virulent form of leukemia just a couple of months ago. All of his friends are still in shock. The West Coast friends are organizing a concert in John’s honor in late July in San Francisco, which should be a stupendous ‘sing-off’ for John. John was a Professor of Psychiatry in San Francisco, an opera soloist of note for Bay Area opera companies, Vice President of the Yale Alumni Chorus, and Lead Producer of this summer’s Spirit of Song Tour of Toronto by YAC, dedicated to performances of African- American spirituals with singing descendants of the Underground Railroad. But most of all, he was a beloved friend.”
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