He was educated at Phillips Exeter before coming to Princeton, where he majored in history and was active in the Chapel Choir, part of his lifelong involvement in music. He took his meals at Prospect as a junior and Wilson Lodge senior year. He also began his study of the organ, which occupied him for the rest of his life.
After graduation, Ian spent four years teaching history in the Harrisburg, Pa., and Philadelphia public school systems before entering the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. During that time he continued to develop his skills in organ performance under several renowned teachers in Philadelphia and New York. He also continued to sing in a succession of church choirs.
Ian became a member of the American Guild of Organists and in time returned to his birthplace, where he served for many years as music director/organist of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, South Hadley.
Having remained single, Ian is survived by his sister, Susan Meyer, her family, many cousins and their families.