Donald E. McGinnis
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Hilliard, OH
McGinnis Dr. Donald E. McGinnis, age 99, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2016 in his home in Hilliard, Ohio. Born in Barberton, Ohio, in 1917 to Samuel and Ruth McGinnis, Dr. McGinnis was a distinguished musician, Professor Emeritus, and Director of Bands Emeritus at The Ohio State University. As an avid fan of collegiate sports and native Ohioan, Dr. McGinnis was an enthusiastic supporter of both the Ohio State Football and Basketball teams. His love of sports was eclipsed by his lifelong devotion to music. As a child, his early prowess in clarinet led to his being the first seventh-grader to be accepted as a member of the Medina County Band. In high school he was a member of the band, orchestra, glee club, and jazz ensemble, was a guard on the varsity football team in his senior year, as well as achieving the scholastic honor of being elected to the National Honor Society. Dr. McGinnis completed his collegiate education with undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Oberlin College, followed by MA and PhD degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Iowa. His dissertation was his own composition Symphony for Band, available from Hal Leonard. In 1941, he began a forty year career at Ohio State which was interrupted by his enlistment in the United States Navy, where he performed as the principal clarinetist and featured soloist in an elite musical unit. During the war, he received a commission and served as the Communication Officer on the USS Lucidor in the South Pacific, achieving the rank of lieutenant junior grade. During his post-war career with Ohio State, Dr. McGinnis became the conductor of the Concert Band. Under his leadership, the Concert Band earned national and international recognition with performances in illustrious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Outside the School of Music, he was the principal clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony for two years, and the principal flutist for another ten years. After retiring from Ohio State, he was the interim conductor of the Capital University Wind Ensemble and Columbus Youth Wind Ensemble for the 1979-80 year. He was appointed conductor of the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra in New Concord, Ohio for the 1979-87 seasons. He was the interim band director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Among his many honors, he is a member of the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall of Fame, Honorary Member of Phi Beta Mu and Tau Beta Sigma, Distinguished Service to Music Award from Kappa Kappa Psi, and the God and Country Award from the Salvation Army. He was elected a member of the American Bandmasters Association and served as President of that association before being named as an Honorary Life President. He married Ruth L. Ostrander on November 28, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2016. He is survived by daughters, Rebecca of Tujunga, CA and Martha (David) Gamble of Grove City; granddaughter, Erika Gamble of Reynoldsburg; brother, Richard (Mary) McGinnis of Naples, FL; many nephews and nieces; and a legion of students and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his brother Harold McGinnis. Family will receive friends SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St. in Hilliard, OH 43026, (614)-876-1722. A private funeral service will be held at a later date in addition to a Memorial concert at Ohio State. Memorial contributions may take the form of checks mailed to The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221. Checks should be payable to The Ohio State University Foundation. Please indicate the Donald E. McGinnis School of Music New Day Fund #314212 in the memo line. Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to send condolences to Dr. McGinnis' family.


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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2016.
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Dr. McGinnis was one of the best musicians I've known in my career. He was extremely influential in my life and a wonderful role model. And he was just as outstanding and superior as a human being. I feel like a part of me is gone. He will be missed. Heaven is blessed to have such a wonderful person making music and leading the way.

Larry Mallett, Professor & Director Emeritus
University of Oklahoma, School of Music
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God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU for your service in WWII.The USA would NOT be as it is today. I treasure the freedoms for which YOU fought, LtJG McGinnis.. And Semper Fi. SIR.
Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC
November 3, 2016
My deepest condolences. I remember hearing Dr McGinnis practice (flute and clarinet...I didn't know much about these instruments at that time, but I knew he was an excellent musician) and see him in his beloved garden. He was truly a profound presence in the neighborhood. I know this has been a tough year for you, with the loss of Mrs McGinnis just a few months ago. We all know he lived a long, full life, but the loss is profound. All my best.
Connie Westphal Brown
November 2, 2016
Our sincerest condolences to the family. Don was an amazing gentleman. As a musician myself, I always marveled at his musical accomplishments...an incredible legacy. I remember seeing him together with Hal, Sr. - my Grandfather Mac - playing music together on a few occasions, when I was very young. His life should be celebrated.
Jon and Ann McGinnis
November 2, 2016
Oh when the saints go marching in, I want to be in that number. Ruth and Don, you are loved.
Arnett
November 2, 2016
Dr. McGinnis is the one conductor I always wished I could have played under. I knew many that did and only had the highest praise and respect for him. Although his passing brings sadness, we should be proud of such a legend and leader being at The Ohio State University. His greatness touched many. If you need US Marine bugler to play "TAPS" at his service, please let me know. I'll be there in full dress blues.
Darryll Bauchert, Sr.
November 1, 2016
Martha, I am so grateful in my heart that your father was my teacher. I will always remember him. I wish I could come to the visitation but I can't because I'm in rehab. I broke my ankle in three places. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and friends .
Kathy Kildow
November 1, 2016
Dynamic in so many ways. A great artist, teacher, and human being. He touched and inspired so many. Will be truly missed.
Dennis Walters
November 1, 2016
I first met Dr. McGinnis when I joined the OSU Concert Band in 1964. He became the most inspirational person in my life. I only saw him a few times since I graduated in 1968, but the memories were present every day since then. With every memory came a new shot of encouragement and inspiration. Every day for 48 years! Way over 15,000 and I am sure that hundreds, if not thousands feel the same way. What a blessing to have known him and what a gift to the world was his life!
Robert Yaeger
November 1, 2016
Dr. McGinnis was such a positive influence on my life. My sincere condolences to his family. In the early-mid 1960's I played alto saxophone in his exceptional concert band. What a privilege that was. After graduating I only saw him one time and that was at a Flute Convention in Phoenix quite a long time ago now. It was just the best surprise ever to see him that day. In the years since OSU I had become a flutist. He and I reminisced about those years when I was in his concert band. He was one the most important influences on me during my years in college. Thanks from my heart.
Roberta McIntosh
October 31, 2016
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