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Ulrich, Eugene JFaculty 1949-87

D.O.D 01/2014 -
Eugene J Ulrich, 92, of Grand Chain, Illinois passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home, Saturday evening January 4, 2014.

Eugene was born December 13, 1921 on a farm between Olmsted and Grand Chain, Illinois. At age 16 he entered Southern Illinois University where he earned all of his college expenses graduating (1943) as a Valedictorian with highest honors with a Mathematics Major.

Eugene studied music at the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), receiving the Ph.D. from Eastman (1955).

From 1949 until 1987 Eugene taught music (piano, organ, theory, composition) at Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, where he held the chair of Maude Butts Briggs Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts. For some years he concertized on the organ and/or harpsichord.

His compositions have been performed in many of the major musical centers of North America and Europe. Among his special commissions are a setting of Psalm 75 for the 75h Anniversary of Phillips University, and a work for Concert Band performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the Oklahoma portion of the nationís Bicentennial Celebrations (1976).