George B. Biggs Jr. ’51

George B. Biggs Jr. ’51 died on October 18, 2020, in Georgetown, Texas. His life was punctuated by his love of family, musical pursuits, and faith practice. George’s talent for the piano was evident at an early age. He majored in music at Dartmouth, where he was also president of the Camera Club, photography editor for the Aegis, and a member of the Handel Society and Outing Club. At class reunions he led choirs of ’51 singers at memorial services for deceased classmates. He went on to earn three graduate degrees: a master’s in music from Eastman School, a Ph.D. in music theory and music education from Indiana University, and a master’s in biblical literature from Wheaton College. He served for two years in the U.S. Army in Japan. During the course of his career George held music teaching positions at several universities. He taught music theory, keyboard performance, composition, and choral music conducting. He also lent his time to many churches as choir director and organist. He leaves behind a legacy of musical compositions, including a cantata that he composed in his 80s titled “Watching for God at Dawn.” George was a generous volunteer. He served as a pianist at nursing homes, a leader of church mission trips, and a mentor to many. Other pleasures included photography, singing in choral groups and a gospel quartet, collecting stamps, and swimming.


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