George A. Stegner
Dr. Stegner, of Charlotte, died on November 29, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born May 21, 1921 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky; the son of Marie and George H. Stegner and the brother of Ruth.
During World War II, Mr. Stegner served in the US Army as the chief assistant to the Chief of Chaplains in the Mediterranean. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Ohio, and both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Piano from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He received his Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Chicago Musical College. While working on that degree, he taught at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he met his wife-to-be, Jackie, who was also teaching there.
The Stegners came to Charlotte in 1955 to teach at Queens College (now Queens University) where he became Chairman of the Department of Music and continued there for nearly 40 years. He was awarded an Honorary Doctors Degree in Fine Arts from Queens University in 2006 to honor his contributions to Queens and to the musical community of Charlotte.
Dr. Stegner was a long-time member of the boards of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, Opera Carolina, and the Community Concerts Association (now Charlotte Concerts). He was also a member of the Friends of Music at Queens. One of Stegner's joys was the writing of the program notes for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. Another was lecturing to clubs, retirement homes, and symphony groups.
Many people will remember George as a leader of foreign travel groups since he conducted over 55 tours to 78 countries.
George was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and choir member. He previously was the Minister of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by Jackie, his loving wife of 58 years, their daughter Christine Stiling (Greg), their sons, Benjamin (Tiffany), Daniel (Brittany), Timothy, and Joel. George is also survived by their son Mark and his son, Noah. Further, he is survived by his niece, Sylvia Stevens (Robert) and their daughters Julie Stevens and Suzanne Aaron (Rob and son Thomas).
A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd. in Charlotte and the family will receive friends following the service.
The family would like to thank the staff of CMC and Hospice for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the George Stegner Music Scholarship, Development Resources, Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28274; Charlotte Symphony, 1300 Baxter Street, Charlotte, NC 28204; or Trinity Presbyterian, 3115 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211.
Harry and Bryant is serving the family.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 3, 2009.