Marianne Webb

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Marianne Webb Nationally recognized concert artist and former Topeka resident Marianne Webb, 77, died on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Parkway Manor, Marion, Illinois from metastatic breast cancer which she had for the past 20 years. A service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, with Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Murphysboro, Illinois. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Miss Webb was born on October 4, 1936 in Topeka and graduated from Topeka High School in 1954. She received her early training in organ from Richard M. Gayhart and continued her study as a pupil of Jerald Hamilton at Washburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in 1958. Further studies were at the University of Michigan, Syracuse University, Eastman School of Music, and in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. Teaching positions followed at Iowa State University and James Madison University. Miss Webb was professor of music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) for over 40 years, retiring as professor emerita and distinguished university organist. During her tenure she built a thriving organ department and established, organized and directed the nationally acclaimed SIUC Organ Festivals, the first of their kind in the country. The pipe organ she designed for the university's Shryock Auditorium, and named in her honor in 2001, is considered among the finest in the region. Additional legacies include organ students holding positions of prominence in colleges and churches throughout the United States and endowed organ recital series at SIUC and the American Guild of Organists (AGO) national conventions. The Guild has recognized her stellar career as concert artist, distinguished teacher, clinician, and dedicated AGO leader and supporter with several prestigious awards. Confronted with great adversities which she overcame throughout her lifetime, she will be remembered not only for her musical artistry and excellence in teaching, but as a woman of quiet strength, courage and abiding faith. Memorials may be sent to SIU Foundation to benefit the Distinguished Organ Recital Series Endowment. Paid for by the Topeka Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Marianne Webb


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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Dec. 11, 2013
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