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De Jong, Gerrit, 1892-1978

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1892-1978

Biographical History

Gerrit De Jong (1892-1978) was an educator, administrator, linguist, and musician.

Gerrit de Jong Jr. was born to Gerrit de Jong and Lyda Marianna Kuiper in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 20, 1892. He immigrated to Utah in the United States with his family when he was 14 years old. De Jong married Rosabelle Winegar on September 14, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had three children. He earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in French from the University of Utah. He also earned a doctorate degree in German with a minor in romantic languages from Stanford University. He later researched in the Bavarian University in Munich, Germany. He was fluent in English and Portuguese and also learned Chinese. In 1947, the United States State Department asked him to direct its cultural center in Santos, Brazil, where he served for the academic year 1947–1948. He lectured and wrote in six languages. He also taught piano and organ and composed music in all forms. After his wife Rosabelle died, De Jong married Thelma Oneta Bonham on September 28, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah. De Jong was the first dean of Brigham Young University's College of Fine Arts, which was established in 1925 and was the first college of fine arts west of the Mississippi. De Jong served as the dean of the college until 1960, and during his tenure he impacted the lives of hundreds of students. He died on September 26, 1978 in Provo, Utah. The De Jong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University is named in his honor.

Citation

UPB files, Apr. 8, 2019 (Gerrit de Jong Filho)

BYU Special Collections Blog, via WWW, Apr. 8, 2019 (Gerrit de Jong Jr.; first dean of BYU's College of Fine Arts; BYU College of Fine Arts est. 1925 as first college of fine arts west of the Mississippi; De Jong dean until 1960; impacted the lives of hundreds of students during his tenure)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Apr. 8, 2019 (Gerrit de Jong Jr.; De Jong Concert Hall at BYU named in his honor)

FamilySearch, via WWW, Apr. 8, 2019 (Gerrit de Jong Jr.; b. Mar. 20, 1892 in Amsterdam, Netherlands; p. Gerrit de Jong and Lyda Marianna Kuiper; immigrated to the United States; m. Rosabelle Winegar on Sep. 14, 1911 in Salt Lake City, UT; three children with Rosabelle; Rosabelle d. 1940; m. Thelma Oneta Bonham on Sep. 28, 1951 in Salt Lake City, UT; d. Sep. 26, 1978 in Provo, UT)

MormonWiki, via WWW, Apr. 8, 2019 (Gerrit de Jong Jr.; immigrated to UT, USA with his family at 14; bachelor's degree in Spanish and master's degree in French from University of Utah; doctorate degree in German with a minor in romantic languages from Stanford; researched in the Bavarian University in Munich; fluent in English and Portuguese; learned Chinese; US State Department asked him to direct cultural center in Santos, Brazil 1947-1948; lectured and wrote in six languages; taught piano and organ; composed music in all forms)

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical sketches of BYU Music Department faculty

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 305
Scope and Contents Contains brief biographical sketches of Gustav Buggert, Don L. Earl, George W. Fitzroy, Joseph Keeler, Lawrence Sardoni, John Wakefield, Franklin Madsen, and Gerrit de Jong.
Dates: Date not identified

College of Fine Arts and Communications assistant dean records, 1956-1975

 Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains administrative files produced under Lael Woodbury during his service as assistant dean, including correspondence and memorandums, meeting minutes, reports, financial information, and other materials.
Dates: 1956-1975

College of Fine Arts and Communications budget binder, 1973-1974

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents note Administrative budget files, including instructions and information, memorandums and correspondence, notes, allocation and distribution information, balances, requests, and carryover information.
Dates: 1973-1974

College of Fine Arts and Communications budget records, 1959-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains budgetary and salary information related to the college, produced under dean Wheelwright.
Dates: Other: 1959-1974

College of Fine Arts and Communications budget records, 1963-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Administrative budget files, including appropriations, revisions, requests, correspondence and memorandums, and allocations, by department.
Dates: 1963-1972

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean administrative records, 1960-1973

 Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains administrative files created under deans Wheelwright and Woodbury, including correspondence and memorandums, meeting minutes, reports, financial information, news clippings, and other materials.
Dates: 1960-1973

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean correspondence, 1952-1958

 Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains general correspondence from the dean's office under Gerrit de Jong, as well as communication with just Mahonri Young.
Dates: 1952-1958

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean office files, 1925-1970

 Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Consists of chronological outgoing correspondence, general correspondence, Activities Center, administrative correspondence, Alumni Association, American Week, Art Department, ASBYU, Associated Western Universities, attendance comparison, audio-visual information, Bishop and Stake Presidents Day, Broadcast Services, Brochures for College, campus unrest, Chimes Information, Christmas Songfest, Continuing Education, Communications Department, class information, Covenant in Gold, Dean's Council,...
Dates: 1925-1970

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 567
Overview Includes files and correspondence of the administration of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Includes records of the Mormon Arts Festival, Banyan, Daily Universe, and other facets of the College.
Dates: 1925-1975; Majority of material found within 1952-1975

College of Fine Arts and Communications miscellaneous files, 1966-1974

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents note Administrative budget files, including faculty and other salary lists, memorandums, correspondence, budget allocations, letters of appointement, interview notes, staff recruitment, purchases and expenditures, and graphs.
Dates: 1966-1974