Remembering Lou Magor, Kenyon Hall’s hero

Though his accomplishments are many, Lou Magor‘s West Seattle neighbors may know him best as the keeper of Kenyon Hall, the historic event venue at 7904 35th SW. Suddenly, the hall is without its hero, as Mr. Magor has died at age 75. His death was announced today by the pastor of Wallingford United Methodist Church, where he served as music director.

Mr. Magor shared his talents far and wide, also as longtime accompanist of the renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir, and as a Kindermusik teacher for the littlest visitors to Kenyon Hall, which started its life as the Olympic Heights Social Hall more than a century ago. In Mr. Magor’s years of managing the hall, it has not only showcased the circa-1929 “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ that it houses, but has also seen performances by musicians and actors from unassuming community groups to superstar Eddie Vedder (who played two semi-secret shows there in 2008). The hall also hosted many fundraising galas for local nonprofits, especially those whose performances benefited from its excellent acoustics. More recently, Mr. Magor kept Kenyon Hall going through the pandemic shutdown by presenting a series of online events that also served as fundraisers for the nonprofit operation. Beyond his work, as the pastor’s announcement of Mr. Magor’s passing noted, he was known for his personality: “It is his warmth, laughter, friendship, and presence that we will perhaps miss the most.” We will update when we learn of memorial plans.

ADDED: Thanks to everyone sharing memories in comments. We also received this video link from Bob – it’s a TV-news report from 1989, when Mr. Magor coached a California crowd through a sing-along “Messiah”:

MONDAY: A tribute to Mr. Magor is now on the Kenyon Hall website.

69 Replies to "Remembering Lou Magor, Kenyon Hall's hero"

  • Lisa Sandoval April 16, 2021 (5:38 pm)

    You can tell those who have smiled a lot in their lifetime…this face has smiled a lot (and surely, spread smiles!)

  • A sad day April 16, 2021 (5:43 pm)

    This is sad, sad news. The article doesn’t mention it, but Lou was also the talented music teacher at Tilden School here in West Seattle. The performances were always playful and lively, and it was so least he adored working with the students. His joy for music will certainly live on in my own kids.

  • Naomi April 16, 2021 (5:57 pm)

    I’m so sad to hear of Lou’s passing. What a wonderful, warm, kind-hearted person. We will miss him. 

  • KS April 16, 2021 (6:01 pm)

    We are so heartbroken to hear the news of Teacher Lou’s passing. He was my music teacher at Tilden when I was a child, then taught my own children in Kindermusik at the Hall. He was such a special man. We will never forget him. 

  • Dawn1216 April 16, 2021 (6:15 pm)

    We are so very sad to hear of Lou’s passing. He was such a special part of our story in WS. A great loss for sure. Rest easy teacher Lou <3

  • Scott Sunde April 16, 2021 (6:57 pm)

    Lou was our music hero. Kindermusik. Two kids. Wonderful times. A loving, patient mind. Rest easy, old friend. And for those who remember:May there always be sunshine
    May there always be blue skies
    May there always be mummy
    May there always be me!

    • lincoln park mom April 19, 2021 (11:06 am)

      Scott, You just made me cry.  Lou was so special to our family.

  • Kayla m Weiner April 16, 2021 (7:16 pm)

    I am so saddened by this loss.  May his memory be a blessing.

  • Hanna Fam April 16, 2021 (7:24 pm)

    This is a heartbreaker.  So sorry to see this.  Lou had a voice that smiled, somehow.   So grateful our daughters learned from this warm-hearted master.  The consummate cock-eyed optimist.  He will be missed.

  • Kratz Family April 16, 2021 (7:34 pm)

    We’re also heartbroken to hear about the loss of Teacher Lou. I’ve never before met someone with such an unfailing twinkle in his eye, and such real joy in working with children. He will be sorely missed, but how grateful we are for the time we had with him!

  • AH April 16, 2021 (7:40 pm)

    What a loss for Tilden and for our whole Seattle community this is. ;( Lou’s zoom weekly music classes have brought so much joy to our children as they raced around the house forgetting they were in a pandemic and away from friends… we can’t believe he’s gone. 

  • dobro April 16, 2021 (7:44 pm)

    Lou was a wonderful person. So sad to hear this, but I know the angel choir will be singing a bit more gloriously with his direction.

  • Steve April 16, 2021 (7:46 pm)

    I am shocked and saddened by this news. What a wonderful fellow. We live a few houses down from the Hall, and for ages would see him coming and going and always got a smile and wave and would stop and chat frequently. What a great guy. Rest In Peace, my friend. On a side note, years ago while walking my dog, I was pressed into service helping to move the Mighty Wurlitzer into Hokum Hall. Great memories. 

  • John Schmidt April 16, 2021 (7:52 pm)

    I hope the Methodists have Saints because he is a great one. Will miss him greatly.

    • Linda Condit April 17, 2021 (2:06 pm)

      We do have them at Wallingford UMethodist Church – his ‘other family ‘ who love and adore him. And he is indeed one of our newest Saints. Fondly to you all in West Seattle, Linda

  • Madeleine Sosin April 16, 2021 (8:02 pm)

    What a great loss for our community. Lou will be missed and always deeply appreciated for all his contributions, and the light he brought to so many.  Now he is the music and the laughter.

    • Pat April 21, 2021 (2:36 am)

      Indeed, now he is the music and the laughter and in our sounding breaths.

  • Tess April 16, 2021 (8:25 pm)

    The Kennedys loved Lou! Married at Kenyon Hall and both kids had music with Lou. We’d see him driving, shopping, eating and drinking around town. We’ll miss and remember him so much!

  • Linnea W April 16, 2021 (8:43 pm)

    I’m so sad to hear about Lou’s passing. He was humble, compassionate, funny and absolutely loved kids of all ages. He was a very talented musician in his own right but also championed many other talented people of all backgrounds. I hope the West Seattle community can find a way to honor his legacy by preserving Kenyon Hall for many future generations to enjoy music in this special neighborhood that he loved. 

  • Brian D April 16, 2021 (9:12 pm)

    Lou was one of a kind!  Our family is so saddened to hear this news, both of our kids had kindermusic with him.  You can tell how much he loved those kids, not just when they were his students, but long after. He would remember them long after they left, both their names and their faces.

  • Jon Wright April 16, 2021 (9:20 pm)

    If anyone deserved to live forever on account of their big heart and the joy they brought the world, it was Lou. Our family will keep singing Kindermusik songs but it just won’t be the same. 🎶 Goodbye, Teacher Lou 🎵 

  • Harvey Niebulski April 16, 2021 (10:13 pm)

    Lou was such a kind, warm and inspiring giant of a gentleman as well as an awesome musician. We and all those in the many communities that Lou graced will acutely miss magnificent presence. May Lou’s memory forever be for a blessing.

  • Andy Silber April 16, 2021 (11:03 pm)

     When people asked why I loved West Seattle I would say “we live walking distance from a vaudeville house. How cool is that”. And Lou was the heart and soul of Kenyon Hall. His corny patter about the door prize will be missed. getting kids, often our Aidan, up to play the organ will be missed. His love of music will be missed. Normally one would say “May his memory be a blessing “, but there’s no need to in this case. The only people who won’t find his memory to be a blessing are those who were unfortunate to have never met him. Lou, I raise a real glass with a root beer float made with free range root beer and ice cream from Husky’s in your memory. 

    • Andy April 17, 2021 (8:22 am)

  • Rosa April 16, 2021 (11:06 pm)

    From the age of 6 months to 5 years, my son attended Kindermusik with Lou. When my son graduated Kindermusik he sat down at the piano for the first time and began to play. At 12yo he continues to play and is a beautiful pianist. Lou fostered in him not just an inner rhythm and musicality but a passion for music. He will be heartbroken to learn of this as he’s always wanted to play Chopin for Lou. Lou was a gift to my son and all the children he taught. He had a truly beautiful way with them. We will miss him so very much.

  • Tom April 16, 2021 (11:14 pm)

    Lou was such a great guy. We rented out Kenyon a few times and he was just fantastic in everyone of those experiences. He’s a big loss.What, if anything, does this mean for Kenyon Hall?

  • Bobby Wright April 16, 2021 (11:42 pm)

    Lou was… beyond an exemplary human. His framed, autographed picture hung at the front of the bar at my longtime workplace, West 5. I’d see his champagne colored Prius drive close by, down California Ave, and tell all the staff that LOUIE WAS COMING! It didn’t hit me til this morning. Our last text was a few weeks ago, I’m now in Tucson and I regret I didn’t call and say I missed him everyday. I love the 5, but I mostly miss the beautiful ppl like Louis Magor. So many tragic passings at that place. It’s been a hard, hard couple of years. I jumped off a 4 story building, May 2018, but not “Sweet Lou.” This world needed Lou, I needed Lou, and I’m sad I didn’t get to say goodbye. He was a graceful, gentle, gay, intellectually advanced grandfather to me. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Lou.

    • Shannon April 19, 2021 (7:34 pm)

      Bobby regrets are so hard. I had been thinking about calling him myself the past few weeks to see how he was…especially when my daughter woke up one morning last week joyously singing skinamirinka  Dinka do a song she learned in Kindermusik. She is 24! I realize now that was probably the day he passed. Last time we saw him was at West5. We are all better having known him. 

  • Tyrone Hashimoto April 17, 2021 (1:49 am)

    I have no words to say. What a big loss. He was so intelligent, warm hearted, a man of character. He let me play my show in summer of 2019. My condolences from the bottom of my heart. From Tokyo, Japan

  • KT April 17, 2021 (5:42 am)

    Lou was a shining example of what community can be.  Musical events at Kenyon Hall that he hosted were a great example of this.  In this divided era we live in, being with him for those few hours of wholesome entertainment,  brought us back to kindler, gentler times.  We will be having rootbeer floats in his memory tonight.

  • Cecelia April 17, 2021 (6:54 am)

    With 2 kids doing Kindermusik kenyon hall and Lou were a weekly fixture in our lives for about 9 years solid.  And then after we’d of course see him around often at Husky Deli for ice cream during the summer.We will miss him greatly!

  • Christopher CALL Dant April 17, 2021 (6:55 am)

    I had the great honor of singing under Lou in the SF Symphony Chorus and the Bohemian Club Chorus…his talent was legendary and extraordinary. He brought out the best in every singer with great humor a wonderful smile and great sense of music. I have known him since the 1970s and I was so so sad to hear he passed.May the great heavenly choruses sound brilliant under Lou’s brilliant direction!

  • Jack Miller April 17, 2021 (7:24 am)

           As the news spreads thu  our junction and our town it’s no surprise that it affects us all          Lous great gift to all of us was his genuine love for people and inspiring and contagious love for  music       His incredible talent, quick wit and  eagerness to share was a great blessing to us and our children.   He graced our stores restaurants and bars with laughter and provided entertainment (and root beer     Floats to so many at Kenyon hall.      As much as we would like to claim him as our own, he will be   Missed across the country as well.      I write this with a tear in my eye and a “Magorita” in hand  As we toast this great man at  The West 5

  • Robin Westler April 17, 2021 (7:41 am)

    Lou was an amazing, talented, compassionate, funny, brilliant and sweet sweet person. We were so lucky to have him as a music teacher at Tilden for all of our kids. He sparked a joy of music in them that still exists today. Our family spent many evenings at Kenyon Hall and Lou always made a point to chat with us and welcome whomever we had in tow. He was such a kind and beautiful soul. We are glad we knew him and will never forget him. 

  • MS April 17, 2021 (8:16 am)

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I met Lou few years ago when my family rented the hall for my 50th bday dance party, Lou was a pleasure and my party was a night I will never forget or Lou for that matter

  • Eugene May April 17, 2021 (9:25 am)

    Lou was a gentle and talented music teacher at Tilden, able to corral a group of kids to sing.  We will always remember him.

  • Beto April 17, 2021 (9:50 am)

    I’m so sad to read these news. Lou was so friendly and always organizing events at the Kenyon Hall.  He will be greatly missed…may he rest in peace….

  • Carol Copperud April 17, 2021 (9:56 am)

    How moving it is to read the tributes from so many who  knew Lou as teacher.  I knew him as chorus director with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, many long years ago.  I last saw him at a Zoom memorial a few weeks ago for a beloved member of the SF Symphony.   He seemed so young and healthy, and much as I remember him at his 30th birthday party.  The SFS Chorus once engaged him for an evening of entertainment.  He played and sang show tunes non-stop for about three hours, never repeating a song, never forgetting the words.  His high musical standards for the Chorus established that group as a world-class performing group.   I’m grateful that he played such a central part of my own life, and my condolences to those of you who have spent so much time with him more recent years.

    • April 18, 2021 (10:24 am)

      Carol,wonderful note from you remembering Lou and the Jack Rogers arrangement…a musical memory to treasure. I have a recording of our St. Ignatius performance of it as an encore. Send me your email and I will send. It is on another device,Sad news,David

    • Pam matthews April 19, 2021 (9:54 am)

      Carol, what a lovely tribute to Lou.  Those were special years experiencing Lou…Fred and I are really sad he’s gone.  I wrote my own tribute but it hasn’t shown up yet.  Glad you have been happy singing all the years since.  Best to you.  Pam Clansky matthews

    • Nikki Nichols April 20, 2021 (11:24 am)

      Thank you, Carol. Getting to work with Lou a couple times each week, as a member of the Wallingford UMC choir, was truly a gift.  As I read your’s and others’ entries, so many memories flooded my mind. He usually began our rehearsals with massages accompanied by some tune he’d play on the piano from an often obscure musical.  He’d always challenge us to recall the name of the musical,  it was a fun game. He was a fantastic pianist and  also had a great talent for building community. I will miss him. 

  • Amanda April 17, 2021 (10:08 am)

    May there always be sunshine.May there always be blue skies.May there always be good friends.May there always be me.We will miss you, Lou. You’ve filled ours and our daughter’s hearts with music, dance and laughter for almost four years. We love you. Goodbye, Mr. Lou.

  • Lori Hinton April 17, 2021 (10:48 am)

    We love you Lou and are going to miss you so much. You never forgot a name, always had a story to tell, and inspired me and my girl to find music in everything. Here’s our last day of Kindermusik class after 6 wonderful years with you, Lou. There will never again be anyone like you, but we all have a part of you in us—forever. ❤️

  • Alice Enevoldsen April 17, 2021 (11:00 am)

    This is such a sudden shock and another price to pay this year. Another West Seattle cultural cornerstone gone. Lou nurtured my love of music and that of my children, just last week grinning and listening to my daughter play the harmonica and guiding her weekly music class virtually. I am heartbroken and determined, in his honor, not to let the music die. He’s walking “on the sunny side of the street.”

  • Betsy April 17, 2021 (11:03 am)

    One true magic of the kindest man in West Seattle: he remembered every child by name even decades later. How did he do that? Our son had his first encounters with music with Lou 19 years ago. Lou joyfully led children in creating a beautiful noise unto the Lord.  Our son went on to drum as  the lead snare in the Garfield Drumline, and you could see it in him even as a toddler with Lou. His memory is for a blessing among the righteous. 

  • Clay Eals April 17, 2021 (11:31 am)

    This is a shock because Lou seemed truly ageless. The word  that most comes to my mind with his name is “welcome.” No one was made to seem a stranger. What a great example he was for all of us in that regard.

  • Donald Sosin, Lakeville CT April 17, 2021 (11:40 am)

    Lou was such a sweet guy, a terrific musician, a warm and funny host to all who came to Kenyon. I had the joy of being invited to play piano and organ (he was a better organist and pianist than I!) for silent films there on a number of occasions, and once with my wife singing as well.  He had a great laugh, a big smile, a deep knowledge and love of music and created something very special for the community. These evenings a continent away from our home on the East Coast will remain in my memory for ever, as well as a visit to see him teach at Tilden. What a gift to the little kids he worked with—it was play, really. I will miss the conversations we had and his generous spirit. Blessings and love to you wherever you are now. 

  • Kelli April 17, 2021 (12:42 pm)

    Lou was a terrific, terrific human.  A part of Tilden magic.  And like winning a little prize if you were lucky enough to run into him on the street or at the Hall.  He was unfailingly kind to my son and his friends.  Always interested and always genuinely happy to catch up even after many years had past since elementary school.  I will always strive to be more like Lou.  He lives on as only a truly beloved person can.  Happy travels Lou. I hope the music abounds for you.

  • S April 17, 2021 (2:21 pm)

    His smile. His shirts. The bare feet dancing around the hall with grace, directing his kindermusik classes to spin, swerve, run, and stop. His patience and kindness with kids and parents. He taught me to slow down and listen, he gave our family extra glockenspiels so each kid could have one, even though only our oldest was at that level of kindermusik. I loved how he took time in the classes for kids to give the ‘owie report’, and if they had 5 or more bruises everyone would sing happy bruise day to you. And who else would have an organ in the shape of a birthday cake on a special stand to be rolled out for for the birthday songs? I don’t think I’d ever seen anyone more excited about deviled eggs, he and a friend made mass quantities of them for his 70th birthday party at the hall – they were delicious. He treated us with kindness and grace. He made people feel seen, special, loved. 

    • Néomi April 26, 2021 (12:11 pm)

      Beautifully said. This captures exactly my memories and feelings about Lou. Oh my goodness how my girls loved giving those owie reports!

  • Dinah Brein April 17, 2021 (3:28 pm)

    Just heard the sad news about a neighborhood icon.  When I managed The Admiral Theater, I would always call Lou to ask about booking live entertainment. I turned  many people on  to Lou for possible rentals and was always told how much they enjoyed their experience with him and Kenyon Hall. I thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic group of entertainers Lou presented to our community. You were always assured of a wonderful evening of music at Kenyon Hall and that will leave a large hole in the hearts of all. And those Root Beer Floats….. I don’t even want to think about missing them. Rock on in Heaven Lou❤️

  • Carrie Wernick April 17, 2021 (4:57 pm)

    We are so sad to hear the loss of Lou. Lou was such a sweet person and loved his personality! He helped organize my big 50th birthday party at Kenyon Hall and made the logistics not only easy, but fun – he was such a pleasure to work with. We will miss his schtick when giving out door prizes and playing the “Mighty Wurlitzer.” He will be greatly missed; Kenyon Hall won’t be the same without him. Carrie Wernick & Jeff Newman

  • Shannon Flora April 17, 2021 (5:50 pm)

    Such sad news. So many great memories that include Lou. He was my now 24 yr old daughters Kindermusik teacher, several years with the SingAlong Messiah and hanging out after, my husbands 40th and 60th at Kenyon Hall with Lou taking a spin on the Wurlitzer, seeing him during his annual trips to Vashon with Total Experience Gospel and running into him about town. Such a dear gentle kind man. Far too soon. 

  • We'll miss you Lou April 17, 2021 (6:32 pm)

    Thanks for everything ❤️

  • Bonnie Mintun April 17, 2021 (7:19 pm)

    This is indeed a sad occasion. I met Lou during his time in San Francisco and I’ve kept in touch every once in a while through my brother Peter Mintun. Peter remained very close to Lou all these years,  even playing piano concerts together at Kenyon Hall. I am so lucky that during this pandemic year, Lou let me join several of his virtual Kindermusik classes on zoom. I was able to see yet another side to Lou that was unique and special. I can’t imagine how sad his students and their families must be to lose him. I hope his imaginative plans and and projects for Kindermusik and for Kenyon Hall will be taken up by a talented someone, in order to keep his legacy alive.

  • Gloria Wood April 17, 2021 (9:51 pm)

    I’m still trying to process this. I only heard the shocking news of Lou’s passing about 45 minutes ago from a fellow Bay Area singer. I sang in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, which Lou directed, as well as in his smaller group, The Louis Magor Singers. He was a huge part of so many of our lives. I’d just gotten a funny card and photo from him on Valentine’s Day, and I was going to send him something for his birthday on May 16th. We’d get in touch throughout the years if we wanted to share something funny, or musically interesting. About four or five years ago, he came to the Bay Area and we met in Sausalito for lunch and talked for over three hours. I still picture him getting off the ferry, looking just as tall and jovial as ever. He truly was ageless. What a loss, but what a lovely legacy. I miss you already, Lou. Bless your radiant heart.

    • Jennifer Swanton Brown April 24, 2021 (11:57 am)

      Gloria, what a treat to see your name on this list — it is a shock, one that Bob Ziegler and I are still processing. I would never have come to study those few times I did if Lou hadn’t sent me — I wanted so badly to join others in LMS in the ’80s, and he sent me to you.  And all the other lovely names here, there were so many who loved him. Jennifer Brown (Ziegler)

  • Rosalyn April 17, 2021 (11:11 pm)

    Big, big loss! Doesn’t seem possible.  There was absolutely no one like Lou.   Known him for 25 years or so, pre-Kenyon Hall days (Hokum Hall). Though I live way on the other end of Seattle, I headed to Kenyon for regular doses of Lou to cheer me up! Introduced many friends to his joy over the years – too good not to share.  I hope there are Wurlitzers & root beer floats in heaven.  If not, I’m sure he’ll figure out a way to get them there!!  Gonna miss you, Lou! 

  • Kirsten April 17, 2021 (11:12 pm)

    We will miss you dearly Teacher Lou. We have only known him for about two years through KinderMusik but felt immediately like old friends of Lou’s every time we saw him. He has a spirit unlike anyone else and as so many have said already, his smile was contagious and so abundant. So many wonderful memories with him during our classes and it’s so comforting to know how much joy he brought to so many people. May there always be sunshine, may there always be blue skies, may there always be good friends, may there always be me. We love you Teacher Lou!Lou shared this with us on Valentine’s Day this year. Not sure of the year but it’s a wonderful picture of his young, handsome self. 

  • Holly April 18, 2021 (12:20 am)

    Lou was a real treasure. I had the pleasure of getting to know him through the Total Experience Gospel Choir while he was the accompanist. We used to meet every Tuesday at Locöl for charcuterie and a glass of wine and talk about the previous weekend’s performances. He was so smart and funny and caring and just a gentle spirit. He had a special way of leveling with people that made you feel like you were dear friends & judging from the outpouring of comments you can see how he had these special connections with so many people. Below is a photo of my first music recital at Kenyon Hall with my students. He so graciously said with his big smile, “Oh yes! Of course you need a space to have your recital”. That was the community centered legacy he created at Kenyon Hall. I can’t tell you how many beautiful memories I have from that space. Thanks, Lou. Miss you and love you. 

  • Ellen Ross April 18, 2021 (2:00 am)

    I wrote this about Lou when we first met. Wouldn’t change a word.

  • Stephanie Scott April 18, 2021 (9:47 am)

    After eating snickerdoodles with Lou (his favorite cookie) at a Kindermusik celebration, I’ve never eaten one without thinking of him and I never will. He was a dear man with a sparkling spirit. 

  • Michael G April 18, 2021 (5:16 pm)

    Man—Lou was such an iconic West Seattle fixture and gentle soul. He taught our son Kindermusik 20 years ago at “Hokum” Hall when we first became Weat Seattleites and then when our friend David started having a series of friend band concerts that our family played in at Kenyon Hall over the last 10 years—Lou was there too. He always closed out every show with a few tunes on the Wurlitzer. The last time my wife and I saw him was just prior to lockdown… across West 5 from us. He came in by himself with his laptop and had a drink. And we were like—“there’s Lou.” Rest in Power and thank you for all the inspiration 🙏 . 

  • WSB April 19, 2021 (4:02 pm)

    Thanks again to everyone for sharing memories. Today the Kenyon Hall website has added a tribute and biography:
    We are seeking permission to publish it separately but in the meantime wanted to note this. – TR

  • Lori Hinton April 19, 2021 (6:27 pm)

    Please let us know if you hear of a memorial service or celebration of life for our dear friend Lou.

  • Tom Logan April 19, 2021 (6:44 pm)

    I had the good fortune of singing in the SF Symphony Chorus under Lou’s direction for a few years in the late ’70s and early ’80s.  He was probably the finest (and most demanding!) choral director I’ve ever sung with, and I learned so much from him; yet he was also a great human being.  I haven’t had any contact with him for nearly 40 years, but hearing of his passing was quite a shock.  I have been so moved just reading these lovely tributes & memories of Lou from everyone whose lives he touched in West Seattle. 

  • Stuart April 22, 2021 (3:32 pm)

    I am very sorry to hear Lou passed away. Some of our kids had Kindermusik classes. They were a long drive for us, but worth it. I was thinking about Lou and Hokum Hall a few weeks ago, wondering when there might be some shows again. We unfortunately never got to one. I am now really regretting that. I’m glad to read so many tributes, they bring back fond memories of the Kindermusik classes. He was always so approachable, I had no idea he’d led so many famous groups.

  • Jennifer Swanton Brown April 24, 2021 (12:36 pm)

    It’s so hard to believe that Lou is gone. He was so much larger than life – his smile, his music, his troublemaking, his love. Lou lived with me in San Francisco for a few years in the late 1980s, after I met him while he was conducting Schola Cantorum (in Palo Alto then). I met my dearest friends and my husband singing with Lou, so much of my life wouldn’t be what it is now without the blessing of having known him.  Here are a few photos from that time. Goofing off at the piano in our apartment with Peter Minton. Lou and his mother, with friends Jan Lanterman and Raymond Martinez. Lounging on the Zussman’s lawn, July 4, 1986 Grinning in his tux – could be one of a million shows!

  • Linda Fane April 28, 2021 (9:00 pm)

    I just heard the news. I am pretty devastated. I have been meaning to reach out to Lou to tell him to hang in there and that this pandemic nightmare will be over soon. I live down the street from Kenyon Hall. Walking there on a summer night to see a silent movie with live music, laughing at Lou’s corny jokes about the door prize and the root beer float gag. Priceless. Selfishly I have held up the moment of seeing him again, in that place as theeee moment that things would be all right again. Big bummer. Lou – What a life well lived!

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