18. January 2009 · Comments Off on 100 · Categories: Birthdays!

Retired San Jose State music professor Thomas Eagan had a surprise 100th birthday celebration at Bella Mia in downtown San Jose on Saturday, organized by alumni from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an inactive music fraternity at the university.

Eagan joined the music faculty at San Jose State Teachers College after his graduation in 1931 and taught woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion conducting and orchestration to probably thousands of students in his career. He retired at age 67 in 1966.

I read it here.

“Tommy” Eagen (at least that’s what we called him, although not to his face!) may have retired in 1966, but he taught me in 1976 or 77 or somewhere around there. And I remember seeing him in juries sometimes too. So he stuck around. I don’t remember much about the class I had wiht him, but I remember his spryness, and I remember that he could make me laugh. If I remember correctly, my father also took a class from the man.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Eagen!

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