Janet Virginia Jordan Tate died in her sleep in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at age 81. She had recently been in failing health due to multiple problems related to her heart and lungs.
Mrs. Tate was born on December 14, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama, the ninth child and the youngest of 7 girls in a family of 10 children. Hers was a musical family
Harley Alvin Reifsnyder, a longtime Pomona College professor, died on February 24, 2013 after a long decline due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.
Mr. Reifsnyder was born on June 19, 1926 to Harold and Jeanette Reifsnyder and raised in Long Beach, California. An exceptional student, both in music and academics, he headed for Pomona College at age16. There, he met a talented violinist named Marilyn. They began doing recitals together and fell in love. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Pomona and then enlisted in the Navy.
After being honorably discharged, Mr. Reifsnyder, an accomplished pianist, headed for Europe and joined Marilyn, who was studying at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music. They were married in Paris in 1948.