A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Gladys Christensen, who passed away on November 8, will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Pierce Memorial Chapel. Wheaton College Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Stephen B. Kellough will officiate, with the Dean of the Conservatory Dr. Michael Wilder, assisting.
Ms. Christensen served as professor of organ and harpsichord in Wheaton's Conservatory of Music from 1954 to 1988. Gladys was very well known in the community and will be greatly missed. She was very active in the American Guild of Organists having memberships with the Chicago, North Shore, and Fox Valley Chapters over many years. She was a graduate of the Wheaton College Class of 1949, and Professor of Music Emerita at Wheaton College at the time of her death. During her teaching years at Wheaton, she also taught Church Music, Music Theory, Organ Literature and Pedagogy. She attended many masterclasses throughout the USA and Europe, and studied organ with many of the great teachers of her time. She was well-loved and well-respected throughout many musical circles in Chicagoland.
Gladys had asked that memorial gifts be made to the Lester Wheeler Groom Organ Recital Endowment which funds guest organ concerts, as well as student scholarships at Wheaton College. She established the Foundation years ago with the intention that it will continue to support organ music at Wheaton. Checks can be made out to Wheaton College with "Lester W. Groom Endowment" on the memo line, then mailed to Wheaton College Investment Services, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187.