In Memoriam: Larry W. Stickler

Dr. Larry W. Sticker, a member of the Marshall faculty for 28 years, died Dec. 23. A service to celebrate his life took place at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane, West Virginia, Dec. 31.

Stickler, a bass-baritone, taught voice and music education at Marshall and served for seven years as chair of the Faculty Senate. He also was the first assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts (now the College of Arts and Media) and a member of the search committees for two Marshall presidents. He was dean of the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts from 2005 to 2007 and 1999 to 2000. He served several churches, including Forrest Burdette, as choir director and directed the Hurricane Civic Chorus for more than 25 years.

Stickler held bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in voice, choral music, vocal pedagogy, literature and performance. He was president of the school’s alumni association for several years.

A memorial scholarship in his name will be given yearly to a vocal music student at Marshall. Donations to the scholarship may be made to the Marshall University Foundation.