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12/14/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Fenno Heath

Fenno Follansbee Heath Jr.
(30 Dec 1926 - 05 Dec 2008)

Newport News High School Class of February 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Somewhat belatedly, we have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning.      Fenno Heath, President of the Class of February 1944,  passed away on Friday, December 5, 2008 in Hamden, Connecticut at the age of 81. 

From the Daily Press - 12/14/08:
  Fenno F. Heath Jr.  
  HAMDEN, CONN. - Fenno Follansbee Heath Jr., 81, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully Dec. 5, 2008, at his home in Hamden, Conn., following a long illness.

He was born in Hampton, Va., on Dec. 30, 1926, to the late Fenno F. and Dorothy Jones Heath. Prof. Heath was the Director of the Yale Glee Club from 1953-1992, a longtime conductor of the Litchfield County Choral Union and of the University Glee Club of New Haven, Conn. Widely respected as a composer, teacher and choral conductor, Prof. Heath was a mentor to generations of young singers, and was active as a composer, guest lecturer and conductor long into his retirement years. Raised in Hampton, Va., he graduated from Newport News High School and attended Loomis School before entering Yale University.


His college career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army during WWII. He graduated from Yale with the Class of 1950 during which he conducted the Apollo Glee Club and sang with the Yale Glee Club, the Spizzwinks and the Whiffenpoofs. At the Yale School of Music he received his Mus.B. in 1951 and Mus.M. in 1952, as a student of Quincy Porter and Paul Hindemith.

He remained at Yale to pursue a lifetime in music, eventually becoming the first Marshall Bartholomew Professor of Choral Conducting. Through the many tours he led nationally and worldwide he helped to bring international recognition to the Yale Glee Club. Yale's new Alumni Chorus (YAC) is a direct outgrowth of Mr. Heath's success in creating a life-long love of song in his former singers.

Over the years, he has received numerous commissions for choral compositions and has received many awards including the Yale Medal, the Sanford Medal, The Yale Glee Club Medal, the University Glee Club of New York City Medal, the Mory's Cup, and the Vernon Prize for composition. Among his works are the score for the play 'John Brown's Body', a Mass for Chorus with Brass, and collections of choral arrangements of traditional spirituals. Major works were written for four Presidents of Yale. Texts were chosen by each President and set to music by Fenno Heath. They were sung by the Yale Glee Club at the inaugurations of Presidents Kingman Brewster, A. Bartlett Giamatti, Benno Schmidt and Richard Levin.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Quimby Heath of Hamden, Conn.; his children and extended family, Sarah Heath and Franz Douskey of Hamden, Conn., Lucy (Heath) and Robert McLellan of Lebanon, N.H., Marguerite Heath Ogilvy and Daniel Hertzler of Windsor, Vt., and Fenno F. and Paris (Stamos) Heath III of Woodbridge, Conn.; and six grandchildren, Heather, Sedgwick and Benjamin Ogilvy, Max Heath, and Quinby and Eliza McLellan.
Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, will handle Memorial Services to be announced at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Fenno may be sent to the North Congregational Church, P.O. Box 307, New Hartford, CT 06057. To send a condolence see obits at
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Published in the Daily Press from 12/14/2008 - 12/15/2008.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

I am so sorry to hear about Fenno. I didn't know he was so sick. I hope you can have a service in North Church so i can attend. Luv u all, Donna Auclair
Donna Auclair, New Hartford, Connecticut



   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Heath family and their friends at this difficult time.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/14/08 - "    Fenno Heath Obit.":

Hello Carol,        Sun. Feb. 14, 08     
Fenno Heath's obit. is in today's Daily Press.  He was in the NNHS Class of Feb. 1944.  In the Anchor he is listed with Highest Average, Class Speaker, and Leadership Letter.
I didn't know Fenno - just remembered the unusual name and looked him up.....
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

Thank you, Fred.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

- Johannes Brahms, 1865-8
(7 May 1833 - 3 Apr 1897)

III. Herr, lehre doch mich

Herr, lehre doch mich,
daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß.
und mein Leben ein Ziel hat,
und ich davon muß.
Siehe, meine Tage sind
einer Hand breit vor Dir,
und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor Dir.

Ach wie gar nichts sind alle Menschen,
die doch so sicher leben.
Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen
und machen ihnen viel vergebliche Unruhe;
sie sammeln und wissen nicht,
wer es kriegen wird.
Nun Herr, wes soll ich mich trösten?

Ich hoffe auf Dich.

(Psalm 39, 5-8)

Der Gerechten Seelen sind in Gottes Hand
und keine Qual rühret sie an.

(Weisheit Salomos 3, 1)

III. Lord, make me to know mine end

Lord, make me to know mine end,
and the measure of my days,
what it is:
that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days
as an handbreadth;
and mine age is as nothing before thee....

Surely every man walketh
in a vain shew:
surely they are disquieted in vain:
he heapeth up riches,
and knoweth not
who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what wait I for?

my hope is in thee.

(Psalm 39:4-7)

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and there shall no torment touch them.

(Wisdom of Solomon 3:1)


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