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Wheelwright, Lorin Farrar, 1909-1987

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1909-1987

Biographical History

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987) was a Mormon educator, composer, musician, and administrator in Utah.

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright was born on December 20, 1909 in Ogden, Utah to David S. and Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright. He showed an early talent for music, and studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner. He later expanded his training attending Columbia University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He earned a master's degree at the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Columbia University. Among the works he composed are many hymns that remain in the Latter-day Saint hymnbook.

Wheelwright worked at a variety of institutions in Utah and New York, including the Oswego State Teacher's College (now State University of New York at Oswego), the Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University), Brigham Young University, and the Salt Lake Public Schools. He later left education to form his own music publishing company, Wheelwright Lithographing Company. He also served in the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a member of the Sunday School General Board from 1956 to 1971, and as associate editor of the Church publication The Instructor.

In 1967 he was recruited to serve as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. During his tenure the faculty of the college was expanded, and the curriculum modified to focus on professional preparation. He also helped reorganize the Daily Universe as a student laboratory newspaper, produced college-oriented recordings for Church-wide distribution, and established the Mormon Arts Festival. Following his retirement in 1972 he was appointed to the university's Centennial Celebration Committee.

Wheelwright married Ila Eugenia Spilsbury in 1933 in St. George, Utah. Together they had four children. He passed away on November 4, 1987 in Provo, Utah.

Citation

Author's An experimental study of the perceptibility and spacing of music symbols

FamilySearch, via WWW, May 25, 2010: (Lorin Farrar Wheelwright; b. Dec. 20, 1909; d. Nov. 4, 1987)

Wikipedia, Dec. 2, 2011: Lorin F. Wheelwright page (American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor, and educator; son of David S. and Valborg Rasmussen; studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner; studied at Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music; master's degree from University of Chicago; Ph.D. from Columbia University; head of music education for Salt Lake Public Schools; taught music at Oswego Teachers College; professor at Branch Agricultural College; owned publishing company; member of the Sunday School General Board, 1956-1971; associate editor of The Instructor; dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, 1967-1973; started the Mormon Arts Festival in 1969; wrote hymns appearing in LDS hymnbook)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 3 p. 80-81 (Lorin F. Wheelwright; taught briefly at BYU in 1937; successful publisher; professional organist and pianist in New York City, N.Y.; head of Coordinating Counci of Higher Education of the State of Utah; manager of the arts division of the Utah Centennial Commission, 1946-1947; head of Wheelwright Lithographing Company; reorganized the Daily Universe as a laboratory newspaper; production of college-oriented recordings for Church-wide distribution; addition of faculty members; modified curriculum to focus on professional preparation; served on centennial celebration committee)

Ancestry.com, Dec. 2, 2011 (b. in Ogden, Utah; m. Apr. 23, 1933 in St. George, Utah to Ila Eugenia Spilsbury; d. in Provo, Utah; four children)

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

Centennial Committee centennial guidebook, 1974-1975

 Series — Box: 27, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 11
Scope and Contents Contains materials from the production of the Centennial guidebook, as well as two copies of the guide in its final form. Dated 1974-1975.
Dates: 1974-1975

Centennial Committee chronological records, 1973-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and memorandums on a variety of subjects organized by date. Dates from 1973-1976.
Dates: 1973-1976

Centennial Committee clippings, 1974-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains copies of newspaper articles related to centennial events and programming. Dated 1974-1976.
Dates: 1974-1976

Centennial Committee collection on Brigham!, 1976

 Series — Box: 27, Folder: 10-19
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 12
Scope and Contents Consists of additional documentation from the production of the musical "Brigham!" Dated 1976.
Dates: 1976

Centennial Committee collection on Right Honorable Saint, 1975

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 9
Scope and Contents Consists of copies of the score and instrumentation for "Right Honorable Saint," a musical about the life of Karl Maeser produced as part of the centennial celebration. Dated 1975.
Dates: 1975

Centennial Committee ephemera, 1975-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 14
Scope and Contents Contains various items of centennial ephemera, including buttons and banners. Dated 1975-1976.
Dates: 1975-1976

Centennial Committee event records, 1974-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains articles, placards, correspondence, and other records dealing with Centennial Celebration luncheons, festivals, conferences, parades, and other events. Dated 1974-1976.
Dates: 1974-1976

Centennial Committee final report, 1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 10
Scope and Contents Contains a complete copy of the Centennial Committee's final report on the celebration. Dated 1976.
Dates: 1976

Centennial Committee general records, 1973-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains notes and information arranged alphabetically by folder subject. Dates from 1973-1976.
Dates: 1973-1976

Centennial Committee miscellaneous records, 1973-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1124 Series 13
Scope and Contents An ecclectic accumulation of Centennial Committee files, with event information, vignettes, drawings, photographs, and meeting minutes. Dated 1973-1976.
Dates: 1973-1976