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Ethel Maxwell, former voice faculty member, loyal supporter of the School, friend and colleague passed away, just 5 days before her 98th birthday. She was professor of Voice at Memphis State University for 35 years. She was in Oscar Hammerstein’s first Broadway show, performed in the Memphis Air Theatre from 1938-1950, was a soloist with the NBC orchestra and sold war bonds with Abbott and Costello.

Mulgrew Miller, 2003 recipient of CCFA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts, passed away in May ’12 at the age of 57. An accomplished jazz pianist, Mulgrew studied at the U of M during the 70s.

James M. “Jim” Hodges (BA ’73) passed away March 25, 2013. He attended Memphis State University on a football scholarship, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Journalism and an MBA in Marketing.

Wanda Lynn Richardson, treasurer of the University of Memphis Alumni Band and active member of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, passed away in May ’13. With a passion for music, Wanda played the saxophone and clarinet in high school and college.

Popular WUMR on-air personality Evelyn “The Duchess” Ellington passed away in March ’13. Evelyn was on air Fridays from 7 p.m. until midnight. 

Aaron Vasquez, 19-year-old double-major student (Communication and Foreign Languages) and one of WUMR’s youngest on-air personalities, passed away. An honors student, Aaron was working his final shift and had just received a green internship to work with the U of M Office of Sustainability. Aaron was a member of the National Honor Society, Hispanic Student Association, lead guitarist in Taller than Giants, a local band, and member of the Trey Jewell Band.

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