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Paul Edmund Bierley

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Bierley Paul Edmund Bierley, 90, of Columbus, passed away April 9, 2016. He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1926, the son of William and Minnie Bierley. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-25 radio operator/gunner. After marriage to Pauline Allison in 1948 he moved to Columbus, graduating from Ohio State University in 1953 in aeronautical engineering. He was employed by North American Aviation and subsequently Ellanef Manufacturing at Port Columbus. His love of music enriched his life from his earliest years. His affiliation with musical organizations included: Wheeling Steel Band of Portsmouth, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, North American Aviation Concert Band, World Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Concert Band, Brass Band of Columbus, Ohio Village Brass, the New Sousa Band, and the Virginia Grand Military Band. He is well known for his scholarly books and publications on American composers John Philip Sousa and Henry Fillmore. In 1976 he founded Integrity Press and the Integrity Research Foundation to bring to light and publish band-related literature. He authored many magazine articles, wrote liner notes for CD and LP series, lectured on band subjects, and was known for his portrayal of Uncle Sam as a narrator at band concerts. He was the recipient of numerous music-related awards, most notably an Honorary Doctor of Music from Ohio State University and the Society of American Music Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a charter member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Society and a proud member of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association. He and Pauline were long-time residents of Westerville, Ohio, and members of the Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church and its Teammates Sunday School class. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Pauline. He is survived by son, John Bierley (Kathryn) of Newark; and daughter, Lois Walker (Bill) of Polebridge, MT; grandchildren, Elizabeth Walker (Jim) of Kalispell, MT, and Melissa Christian (Matt) of Hilliard; great-grandchildren, Zia and Kaiya Walker, Alex Rockwell, and Aria Christian; niece, Betty Holling (Doug) of Colorado; nephew, Blaine Bierley (Carolyn) of Hilliard; and niece, Susan Mauk (Dana) of Wheelersburg; a brother-in-law, Ralph Allison (Helga) of Alabama; and numerous grand nieces and nephews. His remains have been donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine. A memorial service will be held May 7, 2016 at Northwest Christian Church in Upper Arlington. Friends are encouraged to make memorial contributions to their favorite charity in Paul's honor. Online condolences may be made to www.schoedinger.com


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 13, 2016
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