We are sad to announce the passing of Ronald Cross, Ph.D., AAGO, the Kurt and Auguste Riemann Professor of Music at Wagner College. Dr. Cross, a resident of Grymes Hill, Staten Island, died at home Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. He was 84 years old. For more about Dr. Cross, read his obituary (scroll down on this page).
Funeral services for Dr. Cross are scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Matthew Funeral Home, 2508 Victory Blvd., Castleton Corners, Staten Island:
- From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Quiet viewing
- From 1 to 5 p.m. — Viewing with time to share reminiscences, stories and music
- From 5 to 6 p.m. — Those who would like to perform in the choir for the 6 p.m. service will rehearse. Please print the three pieces of music, learn it ahead of time, and bring the music with you. Download music:
- 6 p.m. — Solemn funeral service, following the Lutheran liturgy — Pastor Arthur Petersen, St. Paul’s–St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, presiding
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 10, starting at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s–St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 186 Decker Ave., Port Richmond, Staten Island. Anyone interested in performing at this service should contact Pastor Petersen at 718-698-3337.
Dr. Cross’s ashes will be interred this spring.
An online archive of the Collegium Musicum Wagneriensis is being created, which will feature programs, recordings and reminiscences. Send items to TerryVPrideaux@gmail.com.
Future plans include a recording of the complete works of Matthaeus Pipelare, which were published by the American Institute of Musicology in 1966-67 in a three-volume set edited by Dr. Cross.
The music history award given to a deserving Wagner College graduate at the annual Senior Awards Banquet has been named the Ronald Cross Memorial Music History Award.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
- St. Paul’s–St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 186 Decker Ave., Staten Island NY 10302
- Ronald Cross Memorial Music History Award Fund, c/o Wagner College Development Office, 1 Campus Rd., Staten Island NY 10301