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OBERLIN — June Alice Drum Swartwout was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Decatur, Ill., the daughter of the late Margaret and Rex Drum. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1944, and from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, in 1948. She received the MM degree in church music from West Virginia University in 1966. She taught voice in the College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, for 19 years until her retirement in 1985 as an associate professor emerita. She soloed with most of the WVU choral and instrumental organizations and was a charter member of the Baroque Ensemble. She served as voice coordinator and as a WVU marshal. She sang many faculty recitals and appeared on several programs for public TV. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Morgantown, W.Va., where she sang in and directed the choir for a number of years. Other choirs in Elyria, Ohio, and Urbana, Ill., sang under her leadership. She was a member of the Morgantown Music Club, the National Association of Teachers of Singing for which she served as West Virginia chairman, and she was a charter member of the West Virginia chapter of Music Teachers of America. She served as a member of the board of trustees of Alderson-Broaddus College and was a Hospice volunteer. She moved to Kendal at Oberlin, a retirement community in Oberlin, Ohio, in December 2002, where she lived until her death. She participated in many activities there, mostly musical. She was a member of First Church in Oberlin where she sang in the choir. She also sang in Musical Union in the Conservatory. Her husband of 51 years, Robert E. Swartwout, a professor of electrical engineering at WVU, died in 1999. Her survivors include three sons and spouses, Don Swartwout and Susan Howard, Jim and Helen Swartwout, and Peter and Dara Swartwout. Six grandchildren, Jessica Howard, Ben, Paul, Max, and Mira Swartwout, and Jennifer Black survive. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, William and Nathan Thomas and Ella and Nora Black. A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in Heiser Auditorium at Kendal at Oberlin. Arrangements were in the care of Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria. For online condolences, visit www.dickenfuneralhome.com .
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