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Richard Warren Jr. 1937 - 2012.
Richard Warren Jr. (Rich), age 75, New Haven native, and 45-year resident of North Haven, died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital following a stroke. He was born on September 6, 1937 to Emeline Shaffer Warren and Richard Warren. Over 52 years ago, on August 6, 1960, Rich married Mary-Jo Worthey of Springfield, IL. He is survived by Mary-Jo, daughter Charlotte Warren Disher (and her husband Tony), of Winston-Salem, NC, and son Will (and his wife Reina) of South Hero, VT, grandchildren Anthony Hamilton and Warren Harrison Disher and Silva and Haeli Warren, his two younger sisters, Elizabeth Warren Buss of Portland, OR and Eleanor Warren Faller, (and her husband Jack Faller) of Clinton, and a number of nieces and nephews. Rich attended Foote School in New Haven and graduated 1st in his class from Westminster School in Simsbury. He followed his father’s example, attending Yale College (1959, B.A., magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa). Rich then broke with tradition to attend Yale’s rival, Harvard and graduated with an Ed.M in 1960. In Cambridge, MA, Rich met Mary-Jo. Their mutual love of choral and vocal music sealed the relationship. They worked in the Cambridge area for 7 years before he followed his passion for music back to his alma mater to work in the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings (HSR). In 1970 he was promoted to Curator of HSR. He frequently said he never wanted to retire and served 45 years right up until his illness, dying as an active, part-time employee, of Yale’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. All his life, he retained a fascination with cats, trains, trolleys, and electronic gadgets to the delight of his grandchildren. Rich authored many articles on sound recordings, which were published in the ARSC Journal. His independent work includes a discography on Charles Ives and credit for assistance on many others, but his proudest work was in the reissue of historical recordings. Family, friends, and professional colleagues will miss his intelligence, wit, and peaceful mien.

A memorial service will be held in Sprague Memorial Hall, College Street, New Haven at 11:00am on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Donations in lieu of flowers to Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT, 06510) and Orchestra New England (PO Box 200123, New Haven, CT 06520).