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Lyle Clark Wolfrom died just shy of his 86th birthday at his residence in Frankfort, KY. Born June 8, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, he was adopted by William and Hazel Wolfrom. He lived in Ft. Scott, KS, and Dupo, IL, then attended and received his B.M. degree in Cello from the University of Kansas in 1952. He served in the Seventh Army Symphony from 1953-55, performing as goodwill ambassadors across Europe. Upon return to the United States, Lyle played for a season with the Kansas City Philharmonic before entering graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1956. He was granted his M.M. in Cello and Bass in 1958. From 1958 to 1960, Lyle served as Assistant Professor of Cello at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He was retired from Eastern Kentucky University, where he was Professor of Cello, Double-bass, and Chamber Music from 1960 to 1993. During these years Lyle witnessed tremendous growth of the university and contributed greatly to the blossoming of the Department of Music. His wife, Loretta Estridge Wolfrom, preceded him in death in 2011. He is survived by his first wife, Eleanor Child Briccetti, and their two children, Kathy Briccetti-Clark, El Cerrito, CA, and Dave Briccetti, Lafayette, CA; his three children from his second marriage, Laura Wolfrom (Bob Davis), Versailles, KY, Leah Wolfrom Ritter (Mark), Frankfort, KY, and Charlie Wolfrom (Sharon Barnett), Richmond, KY; and by his grandchildren, Brady and Irena Wolfrom, Evan and Morgan Clark, Celia and Lucas Ritter, and Lily Murphy. The family is planning a celebration of life/memorial for a later date. As one of his former students wrote, "His style, wit, and humor coupled with his ability to make even the simplest of melodies speak with a profound spiritual beauty will be missed by all..."

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