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David McGuire, professor emeritus, College of Music

David C. McGuireDavid Charles McGuire, 92, a professor emeritus in the College of Music and coordinator of graduate studies in music education from 1962 to 1987, died March 27 in Denton.

He conducted the women’s chorus and served as the organizational director of the percussion ensemble before the college had a full-time percussion faculty member. He was voted “Honor Professor” and received the professor emeritus title when he retired in 1987. He was a member of the Texas Alliance for Arts in Education.

He served as vice chairman and secretary of the Faculty Senate, and was part of a four-person team that devised a plan for evaluating faculty and administrators.

In the College of Music, he served on the Personnel Affairs Committee.

Before settling in Denton, he attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II before earning his bachelor’s degree in music education from Southwestern in 1947. He earned a master’s degree in music education in 1948 from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in music education from Indiana University in 1959. He directed public school bands in Kansas and Colorado, and directed wind and percussion ensembles and the music education program at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Southwestern College awarded him with an honorary doctorate and inducted him into its fine arts and education halls of fame.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be made to the David C. and Katherine I. McGuire Music Education Scholarship fund at UNT.

—Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Mon 04 May 2015

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