Bill died Aug. 25, 2020, in New Orleans, La. He was 84.
He came to Princeton from Bernards (N.J.) High School, where he was on the crew, glee club, and band.
At Princeton his main interest was music. Bill was the son and brother of Presbyterian ministers. He began serving as an organist at age 12, serving churches in New Jersey, New York City, St. Louis, and New Orleans. In high school he was organist/choirmaster at Gladstone Methodist Church in Trenton, N.J. He studied organ with Charlotte Garden of the Sacred Music School of Union Theological Seminary, Carl Weinrich at Princeton University, and Jean Langlais of Ste. Clotilde, Paris. His composition studies were with Milton Babbitt *42 *49 and Edward Cone ’39 *42 at Princeton University, with Dr. Leigh Gerdine at Washington University in St. Louis, and with Michael Rihner and Yotam Haber at the University of New Orleans, where he earned a master’s degree. Other music studies included piano, trombone, violin, conducting, and musicology.
Bill did not graduate with our class but had an outstanding career as a conductor and organ recitalist. His compositions included works for piano, organ, choir, and instrumental ensembles.
Bill is survived by his loving and devoted husband of 42 years, Robert A. Brown; and his brother, James Memmott. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them.