Wednesday, February 26, 2014

John Malveaux: Judith Anne Still, daughter of composer William Grant Still, graduated 'magna cum laude' from the University of Southern California 50 years ago

Judith Anne Still and William Grant Still

John Malveaux of sends this link:

Judith Still, daughter of composer William Grant Still, graduted magna cum laude from USC 50 years ago. See


Still Life

Judith Anne Still '64 has devoted herself to rescuing the forgotten legacy of her composer father, William Grant Still.

By Susan Bell
January 4, 2013

[Judith Anne] Still won a full scholarship offered by USC to academically gifted students of color and majored in English in USC Dornsife.
“USC was thinking out of the box in offering these wonderful opportunities,” she said, referring to some of the nation’s first minority programs.
The Still family already had close connections with USC. Still had given talks at the university, where he had many friends. Students and faculty were familiar with his music from the concerts he gave at nearby Exposition Park.
While attending USC Dornsife, Judith Anne was active in honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. She also fondly remembers evenings spent playing the card game bid whist and reciting poetry with friends at the Trojan Grill, then a popular eatery in the basement of the student union.
Judith Anne met her future husband, Larry Allyn Headlee ’65 at USC, while he was studying for his master’s in marine geology in USC Dornsife. The couple married in 1962 and had four children, the second of whom, Lisa, was born seven days after Judith Anne graduated magna cum laude.

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