Dr. Charles Michael CARROLL

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CARROLL, Dr. Charles Michael passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Charlottesville, VA. He was born in Otterbein, IN on March 5, 1921, the son of William and Catherine Carroll. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. After the war, he graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. He completed a Masters of Arts Degree in Music and a PhD in music theory from Florida State University. In the 1950s, he managed symphonies in Toledo, OH, Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL and served as assistant manager of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. He taught music and humanities at Pensacola Junior College for four years and then at St. Petersburg Junior College for 25 years. He directed many musical productions at both colleges in addition to productions at St. Petersburg Little Theater, Showboat Dinner Theater, and other venues. He was the director of the Pensacola Chamber Music Society and the St. Petersburg Chamber Music Society and was a founder of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. He edited Symposium, the Journal of the College Music Society, for many years. He was a music critic for the St. Petersburg Evening Independent. He was the author of The Great Chess Automaton. He authored numerous articles and was a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. He was known for his wit, whether in class, in scholarly presentations or with friends; his famous martini recipe; and his great letter writing. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary. He is survived by his sons, Commander (Ret) Charles M. Carroll, Jr. of St. Petersburg and William R. Carroll of Gulfport; his daughters, Mary Carroll Myers of Charlotte, NC and St. Petersburg, and Dr. Theresa J. Carroll of Palmyra, VA; daughter-in-law, Laura Roberts Carroll; sons-in-law, Mark Myers and W. Overton McGehee; four grandchildren, Katherine Little and husband Drew Little, of St. Petersburg, Robert Carroll of Gulfport, Mary Garner McGehee and Eva Jane McGehee of Palmyra; and one great-grandchild, Amelia Caroline Little; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 2 pm at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 4444 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Charles Michael and Mary Rosenbush Carroll Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music at Florida State University (#F04138), c/o FSU Foundation, P.O. Box 3062739, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2739.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 10, 2014