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Richard "Dick" Culver


1928 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard "Dick" Culver Obituary
Richard ("Dick") Culver passed away on 2/2/2017. He was born on 8/26/1928 in Hollywood Hospital to Mildred and Lewis Culver. The family lived primarily in Denver. He was an accomplished musician and teacher. He was educated at South High School, and the University of Colorado, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education. He played clarinet, saxophone, and flute professionally from ages 15 to 80. He played with a number of locally and nationally-known professional players and ensembles, and for many well-known singer and entertainers. He and Richard Eichenberger ran the Century Recording Company in the 1960's. Dick taught music at Kepner Junior High, North High, and Lincoln High schools, among others, in a 30-year career. He was the Supervisor of Music for the Denver Public Schools from 1973 to 1983. He was instrumental in forming the Citywide Jazz Band, which appeared in Disneyland and at the Mobile Jazz Festival during his administration. He loved jazz! He was pre-deceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Anne, his 3 daughters Annie, Barbara Olendzki, Laura Lubline, their mother, Patricia Schmucker, Marc Lubline, and his grandchildren Benjamin, Effie, and Nik Olendzki, and Zachary and Anastasia Lubline. His family will greatly miss his extraordinary musicianship, kindness, generosity, and humor. At his request, no service will be held. Contributions to the Denver Musicians Union, or to a will be received most gratefully.
Published in Denver Post on Feb. 12, 2017
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