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Burdette Green Obituary
Green, Burdette
1921 - 2017
Burdette L. Green, 89, died peacefully at Kobacker House on October 13, 2017. Born in Bucyrus OH on May 21, 1928, he was the only child of Luella (Ekleberry) and Milton Green. The family moved to Columbus where Burdette attended Norwich Elementary, Indianola Junior High, and North High School, graduating in 1946. He began his musical life studying clarinet and saxophone, and had his own band in high school called "Greenie and the Greenhorns". While playing in big bands and swing bands, he attended The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in clarinet performance and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in music theory. He began his teaching career for the Ohio State School of Music in 1954, and retired at age 80 after 54 years of service to students and colleagues. He served as faculty adviser to the Phi Mu Alpha honorary, helped to start and mentor the Jazz Ensemble, chaired the music theory area, and served on numerous committees. He was a devoted and well-loved teacher, known for his breadth and depth of scholarship, his humor, his editorial skills and his steady guidance. He was active in and presented papers to the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of Music in 1972-73. Burdette played clarinet in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and was the lead saxophone in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for many years. Over his lifetime he played in the Al Waslohn Band, Don Crawford Band, Classic Swing, Scots' Inn band and numerous other groups. Burdette served in the Ohio National Guard for five years, including one year of active service. He is preceded in death by his parents and their siblings. He is survived by his wife, M. Donice Wooster; and stepsons, Matthew (Betsy) Wooster of Wellesley MA and their sons, James and Sam Rogers, David Wooster (Audrey Larrimer) of Athens OH and their children, Abe and Phoebe, and James (Francie) Wooster of Columbus and Annie. Also survived by brother-in-law, Nelson Harper (Nolan Long). He was a generous and kind husband, stepfather and grandfather and will be deeply missed. There will be calling hours on Wednesday, October 25 from 5-8 pm at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Rd., 43221. A service of memory will be held on Thursday, October 26 at 1 pm at First Community Church, South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., 43212 with an opportunity to greet the family following the service. Donations in Burdette's memory may be made to the Frank Kinnan Scholarship in Music (Fund #603700) through the Ohio State University School of Music, 1899 College Rd., Columbus 43201 or to the Jazz Arts Group (Education Fund), 734 E. Long St., Columbus 43203. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2017
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