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Robert E. Waller

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Robert E. Waller, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at his residence on East Hoosick Road in the town of Hoosick.

Robert was born on Sept. 24, 1921 in Yonkers, son of Virgil and Lucy (Harris) Waller. He was educated at schools in Yonkers and graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. During World War II he was a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy, stationed in the Philippines. After returning, Bob studied through the G.I. Bill and advanced his engineering education at MIT. After completing his studies, Bob taught music for a year at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

He enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music, where he received a master’s in organ and a master’s in voice. Bob then worked for Columbia Records in New York City as sound engineer and at CBS for a total of 25 years. While living in New York City, he was the organist and choir director at Trinity Church on Wall Street. He moved to the town of Hoosick after retiring in 1980 and has been the organist at St. Patrick’s Church in Watervliet since then. An accomplished organist, he was an enthusiast of organ history and he restored many antique organs.

Fifteen years ago, he built a music studio on his property, which he called “Pipedream.” The studio houses five different kinds of pipe organs and two grand pianos, which he enjoyed playing. Several music groups, like the Albany-Schenectady Guild of Organists and the Theater Organists, came to hold concerts, monthly meetings and picnics there.

Survivors include his sister, Mary W. Shipman of Escondido, Calif.; a niece, Barbara Sweesy of Kelso, Wash.; and friends Anne and Joel Miller and their family of Hoosick.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 28, 2005
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