Past National President Jay Slaughter Passes Away

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

We recently learned of the death on March 27, 2009 of Kappa Kappa Psi Past National President Jay Leon Slaughter, 84 of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Dr. Slaughter’s wife writes, “When we made the trip to the Norfolk convention (2003), he wasn’t well then, but he loved every minute of it visiting with the students.”

Dr. Slaughter served as National President from 1965-1967 at the 24th Biennial Convention held on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth. Gunther Schuller presented his new composition for band, Study in Textures, and Keith Wilson and Sigurd Rascher appeared on the National Intercollegiate Band program with him as guest artists. Throughout his tenure, the Fraternity enjoyed a steady growth and an unprecedented acceptance in the professional and fraternal worlds of Music and Music Education.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Indiana University in Music Education. He taught music at Ricks College for 18 years and then was in public relations for 18 years. He was awarded for outstanding musicianship at Idaho State University. At Ricks College, he received an appreciation award for the hall of fame board for his service. In 2002 he was awarded the Eliza R. Snow award.

If you would like to send a note of condolence the address is: Slaughter Family, 1400 Flacon Drive, Ammon, Idaho 83406

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