North  Carolina

Edgar Q. Rooker

ROOKER, EDGAR Q., of Goshen, KY, died in Louisville April 1, 2014. 

He was born in Murfreesboro, TN, April 11, 1934 and lived in Greensboro, NC from 1959 to December 2012. 

He graduated from Peabody College (Vanderbilt and Appalachian State University (NC). He served as clarinetist with the U.S. Third Army Band during the Cold War and 28 years with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. He taught for 35 years at Kiser Middle School and Grimsley Senior High School in Greensboro, NC, retiring in 1991. He served as president of the North Carolina Band Directors Association and National President of the American School Band Directors Association. 

His awards include the Award of Excellence, NCBDA, 1991; Excellence in the Teaching of Music Award, North Carolina School of the Arts, 1998; The Edwin Franko Goldman Award, ASBDA, 2002; North Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame, 2003. He received the Music Educators National Conference "Lowell Mason Award" in 2008 for his outstanding contributions to the field of music education. 

In his retirement he enjoyed guest-conducting, making conductor batons, gardening, traveling, and living near his daughter and granddaughters. 

He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Jeffrey D. Jack. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vera D. Rooker; daughter, Elaine Rooker Jack; granddaughters, Amanda and Gracelyn Jack; and niece, Julia Rooker Conte (Phil). 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice/Hosparus, PO Box 35425, Louisville, KY, 40232 or The Edgar Quarles Rooker Leader of the Band Scholarship: UNC-Greensboro Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.