Nunc Dimittis

December 1, 2010
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Caroline B. (Casort) Stone died May 24 in Endicott, New York. She was 80 years old. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, she studied organ in high school and became organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Coffeyville; she graduated from Coffeyville College of Arts and Science and taught public school music. Following her marriage to Darrell Stone, the couple moved to France while he served in the U.S. Army and she served as chapel organist for the 866th E.A.B. Returning to the U.S., the Stones settled in Endicott, New York, where she served as organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for 30 years. She was active in several organizations, and served as dean of the Binghamton (NY) AGO chapter, and as co-chairperson of the local chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Caroline B. Stone is survived by her husband Darrell, daughter and son-in-law Mary Jane Stone-Bush and Wayne Bush; son and daughter-in-law David Stone and Donna June; four grandchildren, and sister Alice Evans.

H. Edward Tibbs died September 16 at age 77. He was professor of music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 1959 until his retirement in 2002, serving also as university organist and chair of the keyboard division. After his retirement, he continued as university organist and adjunct professor. He served as organist of Southside Baptist Church from 1960 until his death, and also served as a lifetime deacon of that church. His final public performance occurred on August 31 at the opening convocation for the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, when he was honored for his many decades of dedication to teaching and Christian service.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music as a pupil of Catharine Crozier, and of the University of Michigan in the classes of Robert Noehren and Marilyn Mason, Tibbs was the first full-time American pupil of Jean Langlais at the Church of St. Clotilde in Paris. In 1983, he received the Palmer Christian Award from the University of Michigan. Along with activities on the boards of numerous organizations, Dr. Tibbs played numerous recitals in this country and in Europe, and was the designer of over 50 pipe organs in the South, including the Samford Memorial Organ at Southside Baptist Church.
Tibbs served in the armed forces as a chaplain’s assistant stationed at Fort Holabird, Maryland, during which time he was interim organist at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Among his numerous activities in the musical life of Birmingham, he served as president of the Birmingham Music Club, an organization he rescued from bankruptcy in the early 1980s; president of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society; and dean of the Birmingham AGO chapter. For 15 years, he was the organist for the Alabama Symphony, having designed their organ used in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.
Dr. Tibbs was also honored by the city of Birmingham with the Silver Bowl Award for outstanding contributions to music in the Birmingham area. In the mid-1990s, he collaborated with Catharine Crozier in preparing the eleventh edition of The Method of Organ Playing by Harold Gleason. He is survived by a sister and brother, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family. A memorial service was held at Southside Baptist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the H. E. Tibbs Organ Concert Series at Southside Baptist Church, or to a Samford Music Scholarship for young organists at Samford University.
—Charles Kennedy

Robert Frederick Wolfersteig died June 7 in Atlanta at the age of 81. Born in Kingston, New York, he began organ study at age twelve. He completed undergraduate studies in 1950 at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying organ with Parvin Titus, and received the MMus degree in from Westminster Choir College, where he was a student of Alexander McCurdy. In 1961 Wolfersteig received a Fulbright grant and spent a year in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik. He received the DMus from Indiana University in 1963, where he studied organ with Oswald Ragatz.
In 1965 he became professor of music at Georgia College, Milledgeville, where he taught until 1991. He served several local churches, including First Presbyterian Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and Hope Lutheran Church, and was dean of the Macon AGO chapter from 1987–89. He played his last service on January 24, 2010 at St. James Episcopal Church, Clayton, Georgia, where he had served as organist since 2007. Robert Wolfersteig is survived by his wife, Eloise, daughter Patricia Albritton, and granddaughter Kendall Albritton.

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