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Passing: John Wicks, Music Professor

October 6, 2010

John D. Wicks, long-time professor of music, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the Dover Rehabilitation Center. A tribute to his life will be included as part of the service to be held at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in the Rochester Grange, 17 Charles Street, Rochester, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 9:30 a.m. 

Wicks joined the music department at UNH in 1960.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1964, and became a full professor in 1972. Wicks taught music history, music theory, and piano. His primary interests as a scholar were oriental music, especially Buddhist chant, and Renaissance music. His best known publication was a critical edition of the works of Pierre de Manchicourt. He retired from UNH a professor emeritus in 1989.

He received bachelor’s degree (’44) and master’s degree (’47) from Harvard University. He was a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1948 to 1950. After two years as a music instructor at Wellesley College, he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1959.

In addition to his work as professor and researcher, Wicks served as organist, choir director, and music director at a number of area churches, including Exeter Congregational, St. John’s Episcopal in Portsmouth and Church of the Redeemer in Rochester.

He was co-founder and first conductor of the Rockingham Choral Society as well as co-founder and harpsichordist for The Hampshire Consort, a UNH faculty ensemble devoted to early music.

He married Johonet Halsted Carpenter in 1950. He is survived by two daughters, Lindsey Wicks Belaidi of Durham and Lani Wicks Reilly of Gonic.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greyhound Placement Service of N.H. or charity of choice.


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