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Reporting the Death of a Member

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When a member passes away, it is important to report to the Barbershop Harmony Society to ensure the member is recognized and honored. The primary responsibility for reporting falls to chapter secretaries and in general, chapter officers. But, any member may report the information.  To report a member's death, email the BHS Customer Service Team (customerservice@barbershop.org) or call 800.876.74...
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Guest Post: Remembering Bob Whitledge

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Brian Philbin (Metropolis) shares this loving tribute to friend and fellow singer Bob Whitledge, gold medalist with Gentleman's Agreement and long-time director, coach, and Society member: On August 2nd, we lost a true hero of the barbershop medium, Bob Whitledge. Bob was a giant of a man in every sense of the word. He was an amazing Bass singer, a gifted musician, a wonderous champion with the G...
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In Memoriam: Jim Richards

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We say goodbye to our friend Jim Richards this week. Here, historian Grady Kerr pays tribute to a man who was a friend and mentor to so many.  James “Jim” Dana Richards  June 12, 1925 - February 20, 2016 – age (90) Our good friend Jim Richards passed away Saturday, February 20th, 10:25pm after a sudden and very brief battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Released from the hospital to home hos...
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Society mourns passing of Barrie Best, past executive director

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Our longest-serving Executive Director, Alan "Barrie" Best, passed away February 11, 2016, at the age of 87.  From 1963 to 1977, Best oversaw operations of the expanding Society, through years that saw the creation and growth of education and administrative programs, Harmony College, music publishing, among many other achievements.  Per his obituary, His musical talent reached international ...
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In Memoriam: Larry Deters

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Harmony Hall is saddened to share that, on January, 12, 2016, past Interim Society CEO Larry Deters passed away. A retired health care CEO in the Nashville area, he was selected to keep Society operations moving forward in the period between the retirement of CEO Ed Watson in July, 2011, and the hiring of current CEO Marty Monson in July, 2012.  Larry is fondly remembered by those he worked with h...
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In Memoriam: Charlie Cawley

-submitted by Bill Colosimo As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o...
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Guest Post: A Tribute to my friend, Gene Cokeroft

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The words of a friend that echo the feelings of so many of us that knew Gene Cokeroft, even if only briefly. His warmth and kindness and encouragement leave a lasting legacy that will not be forgotten.  A Tribute to my friend, Gene Cokeroft. by Tim Waurick Simply put, but not overstated: Gene Cokeroft is the greatest of all time. A giant in the barbershop world, a kind and gentle man.. Gene is ...
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Society mourns passing of Gene Cokeroft

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The Barbershop Harmony Society celebrates the life and legacy of Gene Cokeroft, a genial giant of our musical art form and culture. His towering achievements in any of a number of areas would qualify him as "unforgettable" -- but to have mastered so much, and given so much to the development and growth of barbershop harmony, makes him a true legend. Most Barbershoppers would recognize Gene pri...
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In memoriam: Dan “Fair Weather” Henry Bowser

Dan Henry, veteran Society emcee and quartet funny man, died February 28 in his suburban Kansas City home of complications from emphysema. He was 89. Dan had received the 2014 BHS Dave LaBar Emcee Award at the Las Vegas Convention last summer. His picture had appeared in the most recent Harmonizer as he received his 67-year Society membership card from the other three members of his senior comedy ...
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