Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00
As noted in last week’s edition of The Roslyn News, a memorial concert for former Roslyn Schools Superintendent Dr. John Owens will be held on Sunday, June 13, at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor, 180 West Neck Road, Huntington.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA), The Maldeb Foundation, and The Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation. Dr. Owens, both a longtime resident of Huntington and a member of United Methodist, died on Dec. 20, 2009.
Among those performing are soprano Helene Williams, the Chancel Choir of United Methodist Huntington, Leonard Lehrman, Elie Siegmeister, Herbert Deutsch, Albert Tepper, Allen Brings, Philip Knapp, and Joel Mandelbaum.
Works to be presented include a prelude by William Goldberg, a prelude and fugue by Henry Martin, and a violin-piano piece by Daniel Dorff. The violinist performing in the Dorff piece will be Jennifer LaCara, the granddaughter of Dr. John Owens. Both the composer, Daniel Dorff and the pianist, Leonard Lehrman, are graduates of the Roslyn school system at the time Dr. Owens served as superintendent.
Ms. LaCara has chosen Dorff’s Sunshine Rondo as part of her performance. That choice reflects the sunny disposition Dr. Owens displayed throughout his life, either as a greeter for United Methodist or in the more demanding job as superintendent, which included handing out high school diplomas to the other performers in this memorial concert, the before-mentioned Leonard Lehrman and Daniel Dorff.
Dr. Owens was superintendent of the school district from 1971-1976. A longtime employee of the district, he also served as assistant superintendent from 1966-1970 and as acting superintendent during the 1970-1971 school year.
Upon his passing, Dr. Owens was survived by his wife, Mildred; daughters Linda and Bernice; and two grandchildren, Jennifer and John Michael. As with Dr. Owens, all of his survivors live in Huntington.
Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call United Methodist at 631- 427-0326.