Robert F. Trehy January 27, 1921 - November 22, 2009 Bob Trehy, of State College, died in the comfort of his residence at The Village at Penn State on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. He was born in New York City, the son of the late James and Julia Kighery Trehy. On July 4, 1946, Bob married his beloved Maxine. They were married for 54 blissful years until her death on April 10, 2000. In addition to his wife, his death was preceded by his sister Mary, and brothers William, James and John. Bob is survived by his adoring son Rob. Bob attended the Xavier High School and the Mannes School of Music in NYC. He was a veteran of WWII. Robert Trehy studied in New York City and Vienna and received his training in Europe. As an eminently successful young baritone, he sang in leading opera houses of Germany for four years and concertized extensively throughout Austria. He appeared in major roles at the International festivals of Salzburg, Berlin, Holland, Wiesbaden, and Belgrade. When he returned to the United States, he sang with the New York City Center Opera, as well as the Boston, Washington, Santa Fe and Central City opera companies. He also appeared in various musical events at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as on ABC television in several operas and in the world premiere of Earl Wild's Oratorio Revelations. Also of note, Mr. Trehy was the cantor at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City from 1966 - 1969. As a full professor, Mr. Trehy taught concert and opera vocal repertoire at Penn State from 1969 to 1983. He was also a fellow at the Institute for Arts and Humanistic Studies. As a retired emeritus professor, he continued to sing in concerts nationwide. Perhaps his finest performances were those that he gave at The Village at Penn State, where he resided very happily for the last five years of his life. He sang until the final day of his life. Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton, State College. The funeral service will be at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. with Monsignor David Lockard officiating. Interment will be at Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State University School of Music, University Park, PA 16804.
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Published by Centre Daily Times on Nov. 24, 2009.