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one of the most popular songwriters for children and foremost musical composer on historical subjects, died on July 19th at age 85. Born in Springfield, MA, he graduated from Hartt School of Music and Columbia University; was a music teacher at Fox Meadow School in Scarsdale, NY; then Faculty Fellow and Composer-In-Residence at The Dalton School and subsequently for Edison Schools. At the invitation of President Jimmy Carter, Ravosa performed his musical "Ghosts in the White House" at the White House in 1978. He also performed at the inaugurations of President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and President George W. Bush in 2001. His musical "Scarecrow" won awards in 1975 at the International Light Opera Festival in Ireland, and his musical "Seneca Falls" was performed in 1976 at Carnegie Hall. He also performed at the gala reopening of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in 2001. He was an author for Silver Burdett's music textbook series and for CBS's "Captain Kangaroo", "Romper Room" and PBS's "Shining Time Station". He is survived by his wife Claire; children Carine, Gina and Dean; eight grandchildren; and sister Corena. Visiting hours are July 23rd from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville, NY. A Memorial Service will be held August 8th at 11am at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, NY.

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Published in The New York Times on July 21, 2015