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Dr. Francis Hill Baxter


1913 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Dr.  Francis Hill Baxter Obituary
July 24, 1913 - June 2, 2016 Dr. Francis H. Baxter, husband of the late Pollyanne Baxter, and Professor Emeritus of Music, California State University Los Angeles, passed away mid-afternoon on Thursday, June 2nd, at home in the presence of all his children. He passed peacefully and without pain, at the age of 102. Born in El Reno, Oklahoma, in 1913, he graduated from Wichita North High School, and later earned his Bachelor of Music from Wichita University. He held a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with studies in music education and musicology from the University of Southern California. He served as Director of Music Education for Spokane, WA public schools before moving to California in 1949. He served for more than 30 years as head of choral organizations and taught music education, conducting, music history, and theory. Dr. Baxter also directed numerous church choirs for more than 50 years. After retirement, he served for many years as lecturer in ethnomusicology on board several cruise lines and the QE 2. As a composer of a series of Chinese songs and arranger of a larger series of ancient Japanese folk songs, he conducted many Chinese choruses in China and Taiwan. Dr. Baxter is survived by his brother Rev. Stuart Baxter, sister Joanna Schaefer, son Thurlow Baxter, son Norman Baxter, twin daughters Dawn Anne Baxter and Anna Beth Bernhard, granddaughter Dana Overton, grandson Scott Baxter, grandson Jason Bernhard, great-granddaughter Dalyn Baxter, great-grandson Trey Overton, closest and dearest friend Betty Spelman, extended family, numerous students and many friends. A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 17th, at 3:00pm, First United Methodist Church Whittier, 13222 Bailey St., Whittier, CA 90601. 562- 698-0022.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 25 to July 3, 2016
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