Clarence Dickinson Society

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Cdickin2A founder of the AGO and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969) was known as the Dean of American Church Musicians. Dr. Dickinson—organist and choirmaster, composer, virtuoso, performer, author, lecturer, and teacher—worked in all his capacities to broaden appreciation of organ music and reach new audiences. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of church music, even as he celebrated his 90th birthday conducting a large choral festival at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. Clarence Dickinson’s legacy will forever uphold a standard of excellence in church music.

In 1997, 16 members of the Guild became charter members of the Clarence Dickinson Society (CDS) by including the AGO in their will or estate plans. They were Lorene S. Banta, Muriel W. Crowley, Paul J. Danilewski, Harriet L. Dearden, Winifred Howe, Edwin H. Holmberg, Jr., Joel H. Kuznik, Wm. A. Little, John Obetz, Helen A. Osterberg, W. James Owen, Frank J. Poole, Jr., Peggy Kelley Reinburg, Charles L. Smith, Jr., Frederick Swann, and Clementine Miller Tangeman. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all these visionaries.

Membership in the Society grows each year. By including the AGO in their will or estate plans, these individuals have displayed a public commitment to the mission of the Guild that will transcend their earthly life. Their bequests will forever be a living testimony to their belief in the work of the American Guild of Organists. Your legacy can do the same. Won’t you join us?

Printable Dickinson Society Membership Form

Members of the Clarence Dickinson Society

Anonymous (4)
Barbara W. Adler
†Lucie Ford Anderson
Donald C. Auberger Jr., cago
David G. Bahrke
†Lorene S. Banta
†Mary Lou Criss Barker
Ted Barr and Tony Thurman
Paula Jane Barta, spc
Michael Bedford, aago, chm
Bruce P. Bengtson, aago
R. Monty Bennett, cago
†Roberta Bitgood, fago, chm
Lori P. Bourret
Andrew A. Bowen, cago
Lynn Bratney, spc
†Dianne A. Brehmer
†Donna Brunsma
†Brian L. Buehler
John-Paul Buzard
†Don G. Campbell
Cary W. Castellaw
†Robert C. Clark Thomas and Mary Clark
Stephen Z. Cook, cago
†John E. Courter, fago
†Joseph W. Coutret
Charlotte F. Cordes, cago
Grady E. Coyle, aago,chm
Katherine Crosier
†Muriel W. Crowley
Paul J. Danilewski
Gregory De Santis
†Vernon L. deTar, fago
†Harriet L. Dearden, aago
William D. Dickinson
Delbert D. Disselhorst
John Ditto
John S. Dixon, cago
Nancy Ruyle Dodge
†Geoffrey J. Druce, md
Alice Dubpernell
Linda Wilberger Egan
Steven L. Egler
Dennis Elwell
Jane Errera, chm
Margaret R. Evans
†Henry S. Fusner, aago
Stephen W. Garner
Norman and Ethel Geist, cago
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Gould, aago
†Dennis L. Goward
†Frank S. Graboski, cago
Kenneth J. Grinnell Jr., fago, chm
E Lary Grossman, spc
Eileen Guenther
Terrie Harman, cago
Phyllis B. Harris
†Charles N. Henderson
†Christian Herrmann
Shirley Hill, aago
†Edwin H. Holmberg Jr.
Karen and †Walter Holtkamp
†Winifred Howe
†Richard A. Hudson
Donald Ingram and Eugene Tobey
†Rudolf O. Inselmann
Calvert Johnson
†Jeanne R. Johnson
Paul R. Jones
Fern E. Junso
Roy F. Kehl, fago
†Robert Burns King
Richard F. Kline Jr.
Ralph Kneeream
David Kopp and the Rev. Ronnie T. Stout-Kopp
Ronald Krebs
Marilyn and Don Kredel
†Joel H. Kuznik
Ann Labounsky, fago
David K. Lamb, cago
Ture Edward Larson
†Wm. A. Little
Sally Livengood
†Richard Alan Livingston
Kenneth D. Lowenberg, fago
†Cameron Magnon
Lorraine M. Magnuson
†Donald A. Marsden, cago
†Donald M. Matsumori
†Fred S. Mauk
J. Barbara McKelway
†Wilma J. Meckstroth
Judith Elaine Miller, cago
†Ruth Milliken, aago
Robert L. Moncrief
David Clyle Morse
Philip T. Newton Jr., cago
†William E. Nierintz, chm
Frances Nobert
†John Obetz
†Helen A. Osterberg
Barbara Owen, chm
†Lyle F. Perusse, cago
†Arthur A. Phillips, aago, chm
Ronald G. Pogorzelski and †Lester D. Yankee
†Frank J. Poole, Jr.
Robert S. Plimpton II
Michael Quimby
Peggy Kelley Reinburg
Bob and Joyce Rhodes
†Mary L. Richards, spc
Barbara and †Harold Richardson
Roy Roberts
Stephen T. Roberts
Jayson Rodovsky-Engquist
Roger W. Roszell, spc
†Marjorie D. Sawyer
Vicki J. Schaeffer
†Franklin I. Scharmer
Marilyn Schempp, spc
†Thomas J. Secor
†Ellena A. Sewell
David Leigh Shearer
†Katherine E. Siebel, chm
Morgan F. Simmons
Michael F. Simonini
†Hampson A. Sisler, fago
†Edward F. Small
†D. Neal Smith
M. Ellen Southard
†Carl B. Staplin, aago
†Virginia Strohmeyer-Miles, cago
Frederick Swann
Peter Sykes
†Clementine Miller Tangeman
Louise Temte, cago
Mark A. Thallander
†Violet E. Thomas
James E. Thomashower
Ralph F. Tilden
Lois Z. Toeppner
†Robert L. Town
†Martha Lee Cain Tranby
William B. and Karla C. Trexler
†George E. Tutwiler
Kenneth L. Udy
Charles J. Updegraph
Paul Valente
Jeffrey J. Verkuilen, fago
†John T. Vernieu
Victoria L. Wagner
John C. Walker, fago
John Powel Walsh
†Mr. and Mrs. D. DeWitt Wasson, chm
John T. Webb, spc
†Marianne Webb
†William B. Weeks, aago
Nan and Stowell Werden
†Kathryn E. Weyand
†Henry White
Mina Belle Packer Wichmann
†Esther Cupps Wideman
†Wanda Wienke
†Charles T. Witmer
Elizabeth Hung Wong
Barclay F. Wood
Robert W. Woody
†M. Searle Wright, fago
†Gordon Young

Updated January 4, 2021

Membership in the Clarence Dickinson Society requires no minimum financial commitment. For more information about estate planning and wills, please contact:

F. Anthony Thurman
Director of Development and Communications
American Guild of Organists
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York, NY 10115