Musical 100th Birthday Celebrations Planned for Prof. Gerald Doty '32
September 11, 2009
September 11, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — A 100th birthday celebration is planned for October 3 in Missoula, Montana, for Gerald Henderson Doty, a member of DePauw University's Class of 1932. "While a group of Suzuki students will perform in Doty's honor on that day, his 100th birthday will be celebrated again during the University of Montana's Homecoming parade Oct. 10," notes an announcement.
Doty is a violinist and former assistant professor of music and Marching Hundred band director at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He taught at IU from 1941 to 1958 and directed the cream and crimson's "Marching Hundred" band from 1941-8. He taught at the University of Montana from 1958 until his retirement in 1976 and served as a visiting professor in the School of Fine Arts at Montana State University.
He was also a charter member of the Montana String Quartet and served as president of the American String Teachers Association and as secretary of the College Band Directors National Association. He served as principal violist with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra (1936-7).
The story notes that Doty "attended DePauw University from 1928 to 1929 and Northwestern University, from which he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1931. He received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in 1936 and his Doctor of Education from IU in 1962."
"Music has always been at the center of my life," says Doty.
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