Dr. Philippe R. De La Mare

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DR. PHILIPPE R. DE LA MARE
May 19, 1917 ~ May 10, 2009

Dr. Philippe R. De La Mare, former Dean of Music and professor at the University of Portland, OR, died peacefully at home on May 10, 2009, just nine days shy of his 92nd birthday.
Born May 19, 1917 in Tooele, Utah to Persie and Alma De La Mare, Phil received his early education in the Tooele schools, then went on to obtain his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Oregon. Later, he received the Ph.D through graduate study at the University of Portland, Eastman School of Music, University of Utah, and with the legendary Nadia Boulanger in France.
He joined the University of Portland in 1947 to help establish the School of Music, rising from assistant professor to professor to Dean of Music in 1965. For many years he served on accreditation teams for both the Northwest and Western Regional Associations of Schools and Colleges. He received the Steinway-Sherman and Clay Award for his contributions to music. In 1969 he supervised the recovery of the music program from the disastrous fire which destroyed the music and drama buildings.
Following a return from the Orient in 1974 where he had been invited to lecture at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, he resigned his administrative position to return to full-time teaching. In 1982 he retired with the rank of professor emeritus and made the transition to part-time teaching as adjunct professor, continuing in this capacity until 1989.
Upon his retirement, he dedicated himself to the loving care of his wife, Persis. In 2008, he moved to Brush Prairie, WA to live with his daughter and her family.
A true Renaissance man, Phil's recreational interests were photography, fly-fishing and mountain climbing.
Phil is survived by his wife of 53 years, Persis; daughters, Monique (Jay) De La Mare-Krahn of Brush Prairie, Washington, Melisse (James) De La Mare-Gibson; son, Philippe of Portland; grandchildren, Amelie, Sophie, Madeleine, Jess, Jeffrey, Claire, Garman, Hues and Clive; and brothers, Jay (Colleen)De La Mare of Tooele and Don (Barbara) De La Mare of Parker, CO.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thurs., May 21, 2009 at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher at The University of Portland.
Disposition was by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the department for Multiple Sclerosis research at Oregon Health Sciences University or to the Dr. Philippe De La Mare Outstanding Musician Award Fund at University of Portland.
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2009