Robert Dumm, 84, of DeLand passed away on Oct. 19th. Robert earned degrees at the University of MI. He was named Dean of the Boston Conservatory at 25, the youngest in the school's history. He became a critic for the Christian Science Monitor a year later. While in Boston he wrote reviews for the Monitor Globe. He published "In Black and White" with Boston Music Company, where he served as editor. In the 50's, he began workshops for piano teachers, which lasted three decades over the U.S., Canada and England. In 1968 he moved to Washington, DC, where he served 15 years as head of graduate Piano Pedagogy, a doctoral program at Catholic University of America. His "Pumping Ivory" was published by Ekay Music, NY in 1969. His radio program, "The Pulse on Music", originated in Boston, began his interviews with famous pianist and grew to near 500 taped talks over 50 years. Robert's rare combination of imagination with practical technical solutions fascinated piano teachers. He remained close to music after moving to Florida as an artistic advisor to the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. Some of Robert's many alkaloids were being listed for many years in "Who's Who". Robert was named to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of MI his freshman year, a rarity noted by then President Harlan Hatcher. Robert was awarded the highest certification, Master Teacher, by the Music Teachers National Assoc. Robert will be sadly missed by his companion, John M. Snapp, of 34 years and by all who knew him. Robert's final resting place will be Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the direction of Lohman Funeral Home DeLand.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 28, 2012