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In memoriam: Dr. Zoltan Roman

Professor Emeritus of Musicology mourned by Faculty of Arts


October 7, 2015

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is sad to announce that Zoltan Roman, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, passed away on Sep. 30 after a short illness at the age of 79.

Zoltan Roman was born in Miskolc, Hungary. Following graduation from high school and music conservatory in his native country, he immigrated to Canada, where he studied at the universities of British Columbia (BMus) and Toronto (MA and PhD in Musicology).

Zoltan joined the Department of Music at the University of Calgary in 1966, and was appointed Professor of Musicology in 1976. After retiring in 1992 he was named Professor Emeritus of Musicology, and made his home in Victoria.

Having earned a doctorate with a dissertation on the songs of Gustav Mahler, Professor Roman's scholarly work has been devoted chiefly to the biographical, analytical, editorial and bibliographic study of the lives and music of Mahler and Anton von Webern. Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on the turn of the twentieth century, claimed an increasing share of his time. He continued to present the results of his research at regional, national and international meetings of scholarly organizations in North America and overseas.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

At Zoltan’s request there will not be a service or memorial. A donation for a scholarship fund in his name may be made to the B.C.R. Music Teacher's Association, Victoria Branch, 1752 Adanac Street, Victoria, BC V8R 2C5.