Guy Wuellner (1933 - 2012)

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Guy Wuellner

Des Moines

Dr. Guy S. Wuellner, 79, passed away on November 2, 2012. Guy was a wonderful husband, father, and a beloved "Poppy" to his grandchildren. Guy was born the youngest of six boys to Ann and Henry Wuellner of Alton, Illinois, in 1933. In his youth he attended the Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri where he sharpened his musical skills. Guy decided to pursue his passion, piano, and received his Bachelors of Music from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. He went on to earn his Masters of Music at the University of Illinois and his Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Iowa. Guy married Elise Eyster in Alton, Illinois in 1964. Guy and Elise moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he became a Professor of Music at St. Thomas University. In 1965 Guy accepted a faculty position as Director of Keyboard Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He also was Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1990. During the summer of 1968, Guy traveled Europe extensively, playing concerts in London, Vienna, Fontainebleau (France) and Amsterdam. In 1987, Guy was presented The Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in his chosen field and services to his fellow man. Guy was a member of the Music Teachers National Association and in 1987 was awarded the title of Master Teacher by the Iowa Music Teachers Association. Guy was also a pioneer, teaching the "Alexander Technique" which is now regarded as one of the most influential techniques for musicians to improve posture and quality of music. Guy influenced hundreds of students over the 35 years he taught at Drake University, many of which have become teachers themselves, thereby ensuring Guy's lasting legacy as a teacher, mentor and performer.

Guy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elise Wuellner, their daughters and their husbands (Clare Wuellner and Roger Tilson, Joan and Christopher Conrad), his beloved grandchildren (Seth, Cole, Tess and Renee), two brothers and their wives (Mark and Mickey Wuellner, Ned and Rosemary Wuellner) and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service for Guy will be held at a later date.

Guy, know that you are deeply loved, admired, and missed by your family.

Published in Des Moines Register on Nov. 16, 2012
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