Dale M. Bryan Dale M. Bryan, 94, Kansas City, Mo., teacher and violinist, died Friday, October 26, 2018, at the home of his son, Douglas Bryan. Mr. Bryan was born in 1924 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Charles L. and Rose (McDowell) Bryan. He attended public schools in Kansas City, Kansas, graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1942. One of the accomplishments of which he was most proud was being selected concertmaster of the Kansas all-state high school orchestra festival at Emporia both his junior and senior years. It was on this return drive from Emporia his senior year that Mr. Bryan learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dale served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Midshipman School at Columbia University shortly after the Japanese surrender. The anticipated invasion of Japan then became the more prosaic but no less rewarding "magic carpet" duty: bringing our fighting men home from the Pacific. After attending tactical radar school in Hollywood, Florida, he served as a radar officer aboard the battleship USS Colorado (BB 45) and the troop carrier USS Winged Arrow (AP 170). Mr. Bryan held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas City and a Master of Arts degree in education from UMKC. He taught in the public schools of Smithville, North Kansas City, and Park Hill High School, where he initiated the first program of stringed instrument instruction. He left Park Hill to join the music faculty at what was then Park College. Later he was employed in various capacities at the Kansas City Public Library. Mr. Bryan's musical career included serving as the original concertmaster of two community orchestras, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in 1959 and the Northland Symphony in 1968. He was a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and a former member of the American String Teachers Association. Following his retirement Mr. Bryan spent his time in private teaching, taking care of his house and grounds, and volunteering at St. Luke's Northland Hospital. He was preceded in death by his daughter Denise Lorbecki and sisters Mildred Clay and Rose Evelyn Gilchrist. Survivors include wife Deborah A. Bryan, daughter Diana Bryan of Richmond, Mo., sons Douglas, David, and Drew Bryan of North Kansas City, Kansas City, and Parkville, respectively, and daughter Daphne Bryan of Lawson, Mo. He leaves eight grandchildren, brothers Andrew "Drew" and Alex Bryan, Anna Heinritz, brothers Bandon, Reed, and Lee Decker, Daniel Bryan, and Henry Bryan. He also leaves five great-grandchildren, siblings Marcella Ruiz, Brennan Bryan, and Sala Bryan, and sisters Claire and Stella Heinritz. A memorial service will be held at the Parkville American Legion Hall, 11 Main Street, Parkville, Mo., at noon on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
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Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 1, 2018.