In Memorium - Robert J. Werner, CMS Past President (‘77-’78)
It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Dr. Robert J. Werner, who served as President of The College Music Society between 1977-1978. Dr. Werner was a proud alumnus of Northwestern University, where he earned three degrees in music (Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral). His career was defined by academic posts at the University of Arizona and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he served as Dean. He, too, served as Director of the Contemporary Music Project: a Ford Foundation project dedicated to exploring the good the arts can do in society.
During his tenure as President of CMS, President Werner worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the organization, champion music in higher education, and to make central the importance of the performing arts in our communities and society writ large. Beyond his presidency, Dr. Werner shared his wisdom as a loyal member of our Society throughout his career.
On behalf of our Society, I would like to express my gratitude for his many years of service and offer my condolences to his family during this difficult time. Read his obituary to learn more about President Werner life’s achievements and love of family.
-Mark Rabideau, CMS President