Recent Passings:


Julius Augustus Miller, II passed away on November 11, 2017. Julius has known Cynthia Aleta (Barts) Miller since 1948, and made her his bride in 1960.

Julius had played the viola since eleven years of age, and decided to pursue a career in classical music. Following graduation from M&A, he graduated with a BA from Ithaca College and became a member of the Kappa Gamma Psi fraternity.

He received a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he translated a biography of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from French to English. He earned a second Master’s degree in musicology from Rutgers University in the mid 1960s. From here, he began a 30 year career in music performance and teaching.
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Tiba Coerbell (LaG ’91). He was an artist and educator and will be sorely missed.

Joan Lichtman passed away on October 29, 2017. She was a beloved piano teacher.

Yvette Powell (M&A ’81) passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017. She was a resident of Pomaria, South Carolina at the time of passing.

Dennis-WayneIt is with great sadness that we announce Dennis Wayne, PA ’63, dancer and choreographer, passed away on October 18, 2018.

Please read the New York Times obituary here.




We are saddened to announce that Roberta (Bobbie) Finkel passed away October 5, 2017 after a long battle with leukemia.

We are sad to report that Morton Sobel, M&A ’54, passed away on October 4, 2017.


Lorna PinckneyLorna Pinckney (LaGuardia ’92), whose Tuesday Verses jazz poetry cafes tapped into Richmond’s creative aesthetic, nurturing local artists and others well beyond Virginia, died suddenly on October 5, 2017.

Ms. Pinckney, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate, started The Soul Kitchen at the former Captain’s Grill in what was the Hotel John Marshall. But it was her next venture, Tuesday Verses, that would become a local institution. She launched it in September 2002 at Tropical Soul restaurant on Second Street in Jackson Ward. When that space closed, she moved the event to Addis Ethiopian Restaurant in Shockoe Bottom.

At age 7, she was accepted into The Pratt Youth Skills program at The Pratt Institute, a college of the arts in Brooklyn. She left to attend LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, before moving to Richmond and enrolling in Virginia Union University and then VCU. Upon graduating from VCU in 1998, Ms. Pinckney found few local outlets that fostered artistic expression. Read more

We are sad to report that Karen De Francis passed away on June 12, 2017 from breast cancer.

We are sad to report that Vivian Sudberg Katzke passed away on June 25, 2017. Following her graduation at Music & Art, she married Stuart Katzke in 1962 and received a Bachelor degree in Psychology the same year. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and taught elementary school for several years. After raising her children, Vivian went back to school and received an Associate degree in computer programming and had a second career as a programmer/analyst. In retirement, Vivian and Stuart enjoyed their time traveling, camping, entertaining friends and going to the theater.