Robert Burgess Lynn, born in Colorado Springs on St. Cecilia's day in 1930, passed away February 11, 2014. A musicologist, organist, and harpsichordist, Robert's BA degree (Phi Beta Kappa) was from Colorado College, followed by an MA in Organ from the Juilliard School of Music, and a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University. He was a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. A Danforth Associate and Fulbright Scholar, he studied organ in Denmark with Finn Viderø. His studies in Denmark were postponed for several days when the family's ship, the Stockholm, collided with the Andrea Doria, which then sank.
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Robert taught for many years at Allegheny College and later as Professor of Musicology at the University of Houston where he also directed the Collegium Musicum and the Graduate Studies Program. Named Professor Emeritus at the Moores School of Music in 1997, he enjoyed visiting professorships at Rice University, Indiana University, and the University of Siegen. From 1982 to 2004, he was the founding Director of the Houston Bach Choir and Orchestra at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Robert served as Director of Music and Organist at St. Francis Episcopal Church for 25 years, and also as interim organist at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. Many other Episcopal and Lutheran churches were blessed by his talents.
Robert was a kind, quiet, brilliant person who loved words. His dry sense of humor lives on in his children. He loved hiking his Colorado mountains, reading books in Danish and German, and traveling in Europe where he leaves many friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Harold Lynn, and his brother, Harold Lynn. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Steele Lynn, with whom he shared a hospital nursery at birth, and who was his sweetheart since 9th grade, including 62 years of marriage. Their children are Michael Lynn of Wellington, OH; Lisa Bailey of Denison, TX and husband Alvin; William Lynn of Houston and wife Nelda; and Sarah Elaine Lynn of Houston. Grandchildren who treasure their memories are: Rachel E. and Sarah E. Lynn; Taylor Bailey Durr and Christopher E. Bailey; and Jeffrey A. and Robert E. L. Lynn. Robert always enjoyed the presence of children, including great- grandchildren Eric and Nicky Lynn.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, March 8 at 2:00.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2014