Roy Elihu Travis

June 24, 1922 - October 19, 2013 A loving husband, father and grandfather, Roy died peacefully at home 28 days after the passing of his beloved bride of 67 years, Victoria Travis. Roy was a true artist and scholar, and an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a passionate and talented composer, who developed new harmonic chord structures and pioneered the incorporation of African and Indian polyrhythms into Western music. As a professor of music at UCLA, he was a gifted educator and highly regarded as a musicologist. At the time of his death he was working on his third opera, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Throughout his life Roy was deeply devoted to his family. He will be remembered and missed by his three children: Gabriel, Naomi and Adam, their spouses: Robyn, Roger and Samantha, his four grandchildren: Eve, Sophia, Chloe and Hannah, his brother-in-law: Nathan, sister-in-law: Joan and the many others who loved him.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 3 to May 5, 2014