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Meredith College Mourns Loss of Professor Emeritus James L. Clyburn

Meredith Professor Emeritus James L. Clyburn passed away on October 13, 2012, at age 80. Clyburn joined the faculty at Meredith in 1958 and retired as professor of music after 42 years of service.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh on Wednesday, October 17 at 2 p.m.

Clyburn was a native of Charleston, S.C., who graduated from Elon College in 1953 with a major in both piano and organ. He earned a master’s degree from the Julliard School of Music. He also served in the United States Army for two years in Orleans, France.

Beginning in 1958, Clyburn joined the faculty at Meredith College and served as organist at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. He retired from both positions in 2000. During his tenure he performed many recitals, both solo and with other musicians. One of his favorite professional activities was judging auditions and contests throughout the state.

Clyburn is survived by his wife, Margaret, and their three children and their families: Rev. Claire Clyburn McKeown and her daughter, Catherine, of Carrboro, N.C.; J. Albert Clyburn, his wife, Marty, and their children Anna Margaret and James Albert, of Wilmington, N.C.; Lee Clyburn, his wife, Tina, and their children Aubrey, Ellie and Natalie, of Raleigh, N.C. He is also survived by two sisters and their husbands, one brother and several nephews and nieces.

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