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Gretchen Caroline MAGEE

Ellis Cemetery
Washington County,
Louisiana

February 1, 1914 - September 26, 2002

Wife of Dr doyle Conan Magee
Baton Rouge Advocate
10-2-2003
Gretchen Caroline Ott Magee, 88, of the Ponchatoula and Hammond area, died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at The Gorham House in Gorham, Maine, where she had resided since 1992. She was born in Franklinton on Feb. 1, 1914, the eldest daughter of Magee Walter Ott and Elizabeth Shaw Ott. She attended Franklinton schools and LSU. She graduated in 1938 with a master's degree in music. Gretchen was a well-loved teacher of piano and music theory at Southeastern Louisiana University from 1940 until her retirement in 1976. Her teachings have inspired literally hundreds of fine musicians, including jazz musician grea, Bill Evans, who counted Gretchen as one of his most influential composition teachers when he was a student at Southeastern in the 1950s. A highlight of Gretchen's professional career was her study in 1967 with Nadia Boulanger, a prestigious teacher and composer in Fontainebleau, France. Gretchen herself was a well-known pianist at recitals and music club performances she gave in the Hammond/Ponchatoula area, where she lived for more than 50 years. She was inducted into the Southeastern Louisiana University Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and was said to have taught practically every other inductee at that time. In addition to her talents in music, she was a gifted homemaker, gardener and dancer. She was an avid member of the Sierra Club and was devoted to environmental concerns. She was predeceased by her sisters, Florence Ott Michael and Elizabeth Ott Watts; a brother, Thomas deVecmon Ott; and former husband, Doyle Conan Magee. She is survived by a daughter, Caroline Kendrick Magee Loupe of New Gloucester, Maine; a granddaughter, Kerry Lynn Loupe of Santa Fe, N.M.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Those wishing to remember Gretchen in a special way may contribute in her memory to the Sierra Club or to the Alzheimer's Association. There will be visiting hours on Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home, 1109 Bene St., Franklinton. A service celebrating her life will be he

ld at the Centenary Methodist Church in Franklinton on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at 10 a.m. She will be buried alongside her parents at the Ellis Cemetery in Franklinton following the service.

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Submitted: 11/25/19 • Approved: 11/26/19 • Last Updated: 11/29/19 • R240280-G240280-S3

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