DR. RONALD C. PURCELL October 5, 1932 - September 7, 2011 Ron Purcell, loving husband and father, and internationally recognized performer, teacher, scholar, of all things related to the guitar, passed away peacefully at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA on September 7, 2011. Ron earned degrees in composition, musicology and pedagogy from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, California State University, Northridge, Lisbon Conservatorio de Musica, and the Orfeo Catala Lleidata, Barcelona. His major teachers included Andres Segovia, Emilio Pujo, Macario Santiago Kastner, Alirio Diaz and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, whose Hommage to Purcell, Op. 170. No. 38 was dedicated to Ron. Ron joined the full time faculty of the Department of Music at California State, Northridge in 1971 where he developed on of the first guitar majors in a University in the United States which continues to serve as a model for universities developing curricula in Guitar. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2001 and taught at the University through 2006. His guitar activities took him throughout the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Japan and Europe, as a performer, adjudicator, lecturer, and master class teacher. One of the original founding members of the Guitar Foundation of America, he served as the first president and later as GFA board member. He was the editor of the Guitar Division of the American String Teachers Association Journal and served as President of the American Guitar Society for over 25 years after which he continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ron produced recordings for Klavier Records, El Maestro Records, Chanterelle Historical Records, and numerous sound tracks for the motion picture industry. He published two books and numerous performance editions with Chanterelle Verlag, Warner/Chappell (formerly Belwin-Mills), Columbia Pictures Publishing Co., and editions with Mel Bay Publishing Co. including the complete works of Miguel Llobet and works by Laurindo Almeida. He also authored many articles for various organizations and societies and also published many articles for GFA "Soundboard" and "Guitar Review" as well as foreign guitar magazines. In 2003, Ron was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Augustine Foundation, a major New York City philanthropy. The Guitar Foundation of America selected Ron in 2008 to receive the Distinguished Service Award in honor of his outstanding, critical and long-term service to the Guitar Foundation of America. Ron founded was Director of the International Guitar Research Archive, which now resides in Special Collections, of the Oviatt Library at CSUN Under his tireless leadership, IGRA developed one of the largest databases of music in print, manuscripts, journals and guitar correspondence for research scholars, students and the guitar amateur. Ron is survived by his wife Beth, his children, Maureen, Purcell, Andrea Lentz, Glenn Purcell, two step children Stacy Bingel and Katherine Courter, four grandchildren, a brother Lou Purcell and a sister Joan Walter. A Celebration of Life service was held on September 10, 2011. Donations in memory of Ron may be made to the International Guitar Archives at California State University, Northridge. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the Best. Love you Mr. Ron
Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 28 to Oct. 5, 2011.