CURRY, Doreen - Doreen Curry was well known to Music and Art patrons of the London Public Library, where she worked for over forty years. As supervisor for Arts and Science, Doreen made London an early leader in its circulating collection of recorded music and films. Born in Orangeville in 1924, Doreen finished her Music B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1946, and her Library Science degree in 1947. She travelled to Vienna to study with celebrated organist Anton Heiller, and returned to London as organist at Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was involved in Gordon Jeffrey’s pioneering baroque revival movement, and she became close friends with leading figures in London’s vital arts and culture scene from the 1960s on - Greg Curnoe, Paterson Ewen, David Gordon, Ron Martin, kerry ferris, Ron Benner, and Jamelie Hassan. The old library building on Queens Ave. with its upstairs art gallery was a pivotal gathering place for the artists. Doreen bought their art before they became well-known, witnessed their Happenings at LPL, and supported the Nihilist Spasm Band. When she bought her own harpsichord in 1977, she commissioned Jamelie Hassan to paint the lid. The harpsichord is now housed at the Faculty of Music, Western University. After retirement, Doreen joined the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western University. Not content to be just a client, she trained as one of the first Certified Fitness Instructors for Older Adults and led classes for several years. Her valuable collection of artworks by London artists has been donated to the McIntosh Gallery at Western University, which honored her with an exhibition of her collection in spring 2013. Doreen died peacefully at the Highview Residences on October 30. She is survived by her sister, Mary Allan of Mayne Island B.C., and her niece, Kim Allan Farebrother of Somerset, England. A memorial reception will be held at Talbot College Atrium, Western University on Sunday, December 3 from 2-4 pm, with tributes at 2:45 pm. Stephen Holowitz will perform at 3 pm, playing the Harpsichord which she donated to Western. Paid parking available at the Talbot Lot, Southeast corner of Lambton Drive and University Drive.
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