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An experienced teacher, Dr. Raymond R. Park was a member of Central’s faculty for 32 years. He retired this year as professor emeritus of music.
Park studied music at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he received a bachelor ’s degree in music and bachelor ’s degree in music education in 1950. He spent a summer studying at the Aspen Institute of Music in Colorado, then went on to earn his master’s degree in 1959 and a doctorate in 1967 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Prior to joining Central’s department of music in 1964, Park served from 1955 to 1957 as a vocal and instrumental music teacher in the Clarence, Iowa, public schools, and was a Teaching Fellow in the School of Music at the University of Michigan from 1958 to 1964.
In addition to his faculty duties at Central, Park was a charter member of the university’s chapter of the honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi, and served as secretary-treasurer of the Alpha Mu chapter of the honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda. He also served on the department of music’s Graduate Committee, Essig Instrument Committee, and Alumni Bulletin Committee. He helped edit alumni bulletin, “Central Musical Scenario Update,” since its inception in 1974.
Park considers his service as co-director for three grants funded by the Missouri Committee for the Humanities and the Missouri Council for the Arts among his proudest accomplishments at the university. These funds were used to catalog the Essig Instrument Collection, and prepare a pictorial traveling exhibition to the brass instruments in the collection.