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August 13, 2013
I am so sorry about this great loss. But I'm very grateful to have known RFL. He was a wonderful inspiration and influence in my life, and I'll never forget not just his musical knowledge, his depth of interpretation, and his patience in guiding all of us, but his humor and his kindness. All my sympathy to his own family and to the family he made at EW,
August 05, 2013
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Locke's passing. I will always remember him for his passionate love of music and his incredible sense of humor (e.g. the time he chided us as only he could for wearing fluorescent Peter Max undergarments under our lightweight pink dinner unies or the time he described our singing as "an exquisite and expensive evening gown, sewn of the finest silk, embellished with hand-sewn jewels, ... and put together with Scotch tape!") He had a way of getting his point across and leaving you laughing at the same time.

It is sad to think there will be no more alumni chapel choir sessions with him.

Mr. Locke will be sorely missed, but I am a better person for having known him.

With sympathy,
Holly Domenie Adams
July 29, 2013
I very fondly remember Russell Locke from my days at Emma Willard, as well as his wife who taught me piano, and from the many times I babysat for his daughter Frances. I have many happy memories. My thoughts and prayers with Russell Locke and his family. Ruth (Harper) Jacobs
July 28, 2013
I thank Mr. Locke for many happy hours of singing the best music I have ever sung. I am still singing - and give Mr Locke credit for giving me a wonderful foundation in choral singing.

The main reason I returned for reunions each five years was to sing once again under his baton.

Rest in peace, dear friend,
July 21, 2013
I had four wonderful years of Choir and Inner Choir and two years of Music Theory With Mr. Locke. We always admired his style- he had such style! Impeccably worn jeans, loafers, and the aforementioned red scarf- classic, yet modern- but he taught us everything about classic choral music.He regaled us often with his stories of being at My Fair Lady on opening night, along with other milestones. We always laughed when he would reenact his roommate at Harvard taunting him by playing an unresolved chord as he was about to walk out of the room. He then spat that he would have to run back in the room and resolve the chord before he could leave.

I aced my theory classes in college because of him. I taught others in my class his mnemonic devices- tritone? "Maria." Perfect fifth-octave- "2001." Minor sixth (tricky!)- "Love Story."

As I read through these pages, I see that there were so many others, with so many memories. I certainly hope there will be a memorial so we women can gather and share our memories as members of our own Mr. Locke fan club.

Condolences to his family. What a treasure he was for half a century.

Anne Sulzmann
EW 1990-94
July 21, 2013

I will remember Mr Locke for his passion for music .In my formative years at Emma Willard it is one of life's lessions that has stood me well. I know I am only one of many who was touched by this passion .
.Alice Armstrong Enloe class EW 1955
July 20, 2013
I am living testament to the fact that Mr. Locke deeply affected even those students who never took classes or lessons from him, or who never sang in chorus or choir. I was transported week after week by the celestial sounds he inspired the choir to produce during chapel services. I have never heard such a good choir anywhere since. I have said for decades that when I heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the first time I wondered what all the fuss was about because I used the student choir at Emma Willard as a standard. This is, as they say, the Gospel truth. I will always be grateful to Mr. Locke for these transforming moments.
Lotta Lofgren EWS '69
July 18, 2013
Seems that my first post didnt pass the censors so I will try and clean up my act! Mr Locke made such a enormous impact on my Emma years that it is hard to quantify, from four years or choir and inner choir (1976-1980), to his amazing in depth History of the Opera course, to his amazing familiarity and friendship with the most contemporary of composers! It all added up to one fantastic ascerbic larger than life figure. Just imagine, adolescent girls debuting a Lucas Foss piece at 16 with a professional soprano?! What luck for us to be able to experience such culture right on our doorsteps. I loved going to the Troy Symphony with him-- where he would always fall asleep. He truly felt music so deeply that no one could be around him for long without doing the same. And he came up with such creative insults when we sang sluggishly or without passion that iy made you put every fiber of your soul into the music to please him so that pleased smile would spread out, finally transmitting joy when we got it right. I loved every minute of my time with him, and the few visits I enjoyed post-graduation. Frances, I cannot imagine the loss you must feel, but I hope it is compensated by the appreciations you have read here.
July 18, 2013
He was a very special teacher and made a huge contribution to hundreds of students at Emma Willard and beyond. He will be missed but never forgotten. Sending love and hope that all those great memories help those closest, get through this very difficult time.
July 18, 2013
I was not musically inclined during my time at EWS. But I enjoyed the results of Mr. Locke's excellence in the many performances of the choruses,choirs (the chapel required era),and Twelve Tone groups he taught/ directed/conducted during my two years at Emma.
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