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.