Mildred McShane

McShane, Mildred R Mildred Rose Allegan McShane -- universally known as "Mimi" -- passed away on December 16, 2012, at Baylor Truett Hospital in Dallas, Texas, after a valiant battle against peritonitis. She was born on February 13, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harriet "Hattie" Allegan, nee Pilka, and Harry Allegan. Mimi grew up in Glencoe, Illinois. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, graduating in 1954. After high school she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied cello with Dudley Powers. She later transferred to the University of Southern California where she studied cello with Gabor Rejto. She joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1960 where she performed for fifty years, retiring in 2010. In 1996 Mimi began one of the most important phases of her career when she became a teacher with the Dallas Symphony's Young Strings program, a program which affords talented minority students the opportunity to have private lessons with professional string players. Through Young Strings Mimi's gift for teaching was fully realized. She has touched the lives of many promising young musicians with her special talent, grace and humor. From 1989 through 2012, Mimi was the principal cellist with the orchestra of the American Institute of Music in Graz, Austria. AIMS is an organization which affords aspiring singers a European experience as part of their musical training. Mimi was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Helene Allegan Goldman and her brother Mitchell Allegan. Mimi is survived by her husband, John Luther Adams, who cherishes the miracle of their thirty years of happiness together; her four sons, Neil (Autumn), Matthew (Jackie), Andrew and Harry McShane; and her beloved grandchildren, Liam, Claire, Fiona, McKenna and Skye McShane; her nieces Mari Ann Goldman Schaider (Joel) and Debbie Goldman Chudnoff (Michael) and their children; and her cousins Bob Staller (Luba) and Eleanor Shadur (Milton), Rita Staller Kanne and Mark Staller; as well as a legion of friends and colleagues around the world. While Mimi's presence will be deeply missed, her legacy of a life lived with warmth, grace and humor will live on in the memories of all the many people who met her. A Celebration of Mimi's life will be announced for this spring. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Dallas Symphony Young Strings Program, c/o Jamie Allen, Director of Education, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 2301 Flora Street, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75201 or to the American Institute of Music Studies, AIMS Scholarships, 28 East 69th Street, Kansas City, MO 64113.


Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 23, 2012