COFFEE, Curtis W. Curtis Webb Coffee was born 1934 in AZ to Jessie and Albert Coffee. He was the eldest of five children. During his childhood he lived in MN, Canada, TX, WI, MI, and CA. He attended Oberlin College for a year in 1952, then served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-57. He returned to Oberlin and received his Bachelor Degree in Music in 1960. He met his future wife, Gale, while performing as principal flutist in the American Wind Symphony and they were married in 1961. He attended graduate school as a teaching fellow at the University of Arizona and received his Master Degree in Music in 1962. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University in 1964. He taught music and flute performance at Northern Illinois University from 1964-70 and moved his family to Cheney to accept a similar position at EWU. He served as chairman of the Music Dept. for a year during his tenure and also served on the board of Spokane Chamber Music Association. He retired from EWU in 1996. He was a member of the Spokane Symphony from 1973 to 1993. Curtis was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, George. He is survived by his children; Nathan and Ellen; his grandchildren Rhys, Raye, and Dale; and his siblings Charlie, Jean, and Mike. Curtis loved and supported the arts his entire life. He enjoyed the outdoors, golf and camping with his family. A memorial service will be held 3:00p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Spokane Club. He was a gentle, caring soul who will be dearly missed.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 10, 2014