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Walter Lehmann

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mr. Walter Lehmann, 86, a resident of Main Street in New Lebanon, N.Y., died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 at Sweetbrook Care Centers following a brief illness.

He was born in Burlington, Conn. on April 15, 1917. He was the son of the late John and Louisa (Neumeyer) Lehmann.

He received his early education in Connecticut and later attended both the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., and Williams College in Williamstown. Walter studied music under Simion Belison, who was a student of Remsky Korsakow. His interest in music was family derived.

Although Walt was born in this country, his father was a musician in Berlin, Germany. Walter Lehmann was considered by many as the “Music Man of the Berkshires.”

He married the former Carolyn Westerman.

Walter was employed in the music department at the Pine Cobble School, Buxton School, Lanesboro School, the Adams School System, the Plunkett School, the Richmond Elementary School and was the supervisor of the music department in the Bennington school system.

Mr. Lehmann also served as the music director at the Darrow School. Walter founded the junior symphony in both Torrington, Conn. and Williamstown. He taught many students privately who went on to receive full scholarships to the Julliard School in New York City.

Many people remember Walter from the Walter Lehmann Band which played at the Williams Inn for 45 years and the Spring Street Stompers (a Williams College group). In 1955, the Spring Street Stompers appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show where they won an award playing Walt’s favorite song “That’s Aplenty.” He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pittsfield.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lehmann of New Lebanon; a son, Duane Lehmann of New Lebanon; a daughter, Diane Bairstow of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.

The burial will take place at the convenience of the family in the family lot at the Hillside Cemetery in Torrington.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Lehmann may be made to the music department at Pine Cobble through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 12, 2003
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