Thomas "Tommie" G. Wright
Thomas "Tommie" G. Wright was born in Indiananpolis, IN on March 21, 1919.He served in the Air Force during World War II. After returning from military service, he pursued a career in music.In addition to being a concert pianist, he composed and performed for NBC, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Band, and created a one-man performance based on the music of George Gershwin, which he performed throughout the country and abroad. In 1949, Wright accepted a position at Florida State University, where, over the course of a 59-year career, he taught over 58,000 students and mentored more than 500 piano majors and graduate students and wrote the FSU Fight Song.In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from Florida State. After retiring from teaching in 2008, Wright served as a goodwill ambassador for the Florida State Alumni Association. He was a kind and generous man and a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Wright is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dr. Rosalinda Wright, Chair of foreign languages at Tallahassee Community College, five daughters, Candace Springer and her husband Ed Springer of Apalachicola, Florida, The Honorable Cynthia Wright of Atlanta, Georgia, Jessica Applegate and her husband Dr. Mark Applegate of Tallahassee, Florida, Desiree Bowen and her husband Chuck Bowen of Tallahassee, Florida, and Nicole Wright of Tallahassee, Florida and his eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 312 Stadium Drive.The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the church with interment following at MeadowWood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Tommie Wright Piano Scholarship Fund c/o FSU College of Music Foundation (850- 644-2508) or the Dr. Tommie Wright Legacy Scholarship Fund c/o FSU Alumni Association.Bevis Funeral Home, 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 15, 2014