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TAIT, Nancy Reep Nancy Reep Tait, 88, died on October 19, 2017. She is survived by her son Carl Downing Tait and his wife Riva, her daughter Jennifer Bradshaw Tait, and her twin granddaughters Sara and Rebecca Tait. Her husband, Dr. C. Downing Tait Jr., died in 2011. They had been married for 54 years. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Nancy was born on December 12, 1928, the only child of Sara Bundy Reep and William Carl Reep. Her talent for singing was apparent at an early age, and she sang at countless weddings and funerals while growing up. She earned two music degrees at Converse College while studying voice with Glenn C. Stables. Just after Converse graduation, Nancy won a scholarship to a national opera workshop in Pittsburgh, which led to another scholarship at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. She studied voice with the Viennese teacher Maizie Browner and coached with Kurt Adler of the Metropolitan Opera. Over the next few years, Nancy worked in Macy's, lived in girls' clubs and Greenwich Village, and sang on TV shows such as "The Voice of Firestone" and "Omnibus." She was also a winning contestant on "Name That Tune." In 1956, Nancy married Downing Tait, a psychoanalyst. She did a daily TV show, three record albums, and a three-month tour with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. The highlight of the tour was singing at the White House for President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II. For the next five years, Nancy sang with the Metropolitan Opera six days a week and 27 operas a season. She sang in the chorus and small solo parts until a month before the birth of her first child. In 1964, Nancy and her family moved to Atlanta. She loved raising her two musical children - Carl the pianist and Jennifer the singer - and was thrilled with her granddaughters. Her love of opera continued throughout her life, and she and Downing could be found in New York City once or twice a year listening to performances at the Met. A memorial service will be held at the SouthCare Cremation Society in Marietta (595 Franklin Gateway SE) on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Converse College or the Metropolitan Opera.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 21, 2017
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