Dr. Lavern J. Wagner, age 86, of 2645 Hillside Drive, Quincy died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 4:50 pm in his home.
Dr. Lavern Wagner was Professor Emeritus of Music at Quincy College in 1991, where he had served as professor of music and department chair for twenty-seven years (1958 to 1985). He developed one of the first music business programs in the country and was professor of music history and music theory. He also served as librarian of Quincy College (1986-1991). Lavern co-authored a music appreciation text, published numerous articles, served as an editor of sacred music, composed sacred works and three high school musicals. He and his family made three records. Wagner served as a cornetist in the United States Army for three years, performed in the Mississippi River Brass Band, and played in the Quincy Early Music Consort (on recorder and crumhorn), and the Heidelberg German Band (on accordion), and the Quincy Park Band. He was a member of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, American Recorder Society, and was secretary- treasurer of AFM Local 265 in Quincy.
Services: 11:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. Marten Eden officiating.
Visitation: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday December 7, 2012 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
The complete obituary is available here.