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Volume 57, Number 11    October 26, 2009         

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In Memoriam

Roger Nixon
Professor Emeritus of Music Roger Nixon passed away Oct. 13 at the age of 88. Nixon, a prolific composer and musician, is well-known for his fanfare and march compositions for concert bands, but was an equally talented composer of chamber music and an opera based on the story "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky."

Nixon came to SF State in 1960 as a professor of music and was appointed professor emeritus in 1990. The San Francisco Symphony premiered many of his works, including his "Viola Concerto" in 1970, "Air for Strings" in 1962 and his "Mooney's Grove Suite" in 1968. Nixon was born in Tulare and received his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley. Nixon is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Mark, Arnold and Bruce; daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 


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