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Former TC faculty member Dino Anagnost (Ed.D, ’77), who conducted the Little Orchestra Society, which presents concerts for children and adults, passed away in late March. The orchestra’s mission was to present early music with an historically appropriate ensemble and to reach a broader audience with contemporary music. Anagnost conducted the orchestra in more than a thousand public concerts, appearing at the major venues in the largest American cities. The repertory ranged from children’s favorites to adult 21st-century composition. Anagnost presented works by Copland, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and even hosted the tennis star Billie Jean King as a soloist in 1988. King bounced tennis balls off the timpani. Anagnost founded several vocal groups, including the Orpheon Chorale and the Metropolitan Singers/Greek Choral Society.

Regina M. Lilly-Warner (Ed.D, ’97), a long-time music educator and classically trained pianist, organist, violist and singer, passed away in January. Lilly-Warner served for 32 years in the New Haven Public School System, most recently as Supervisor of Music, Library Media and Advanced Placement Programs. Her work included ongoing collaborations with the Music in Schools Initiative at the Yale School of Music. She was a guest at both the 2007 and 2009 Symposia on Music in Schools. In 2001, the Yale School of Music honored her with its Cultural Leadership Citation in recognition of her achievements in music education.

Professor Emeritus Phil C. Lange passed away in December 2010. Lange, who was adopted as a child, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees by the age of 23, and became chairman of the English Department at Wayland Junior College in Wisconsin. He later served as chairman of both the Education and Psychology Departments at Arizona State College, and in the same roles at State University of New York at Fredonia. At Teachers College, where he taught from 1950 through 1979, Lange served as head of Child Psychology and Educational Technology, and as a consultant for SRA Reading, Sesame Street, and Xerography. He was also a consultant expert for the U.S. State Department, UNESCO and USAID.

Vincent Del Bagno, TC’s Director of Capital Projects, passed away earlier this year. Del Bagno, who was hired by the College as Director of Facilities in 1996, was a colorful and beloved figure at TC, which held a special memorial service for him in March. “He was Director of Capital Projects, but no title could capture his outsized talents,” said TC President Susan Fuhrman. “Vince could take you on an architectural tour and make the walls talk. He could make a stairwell seem as fascinating as the cosmos itself.” Fuhrman called Del Bagno “a charismatic schmoozer” who was both “the guardian of TC’s treasures and a TC treasure himself,” and who “gave fabled places like the Gottesman Libraries and Milbank Chapel a new lease on life.”

Published Friday, May. 20, 2011