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Boyer College Mourns the Loss of Alan Abel, 1928 - 2020

Alan Abel holding a triangle

Boyer College is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Abel, a beloved and longtime member of Boyer's percussion faculty. Alan passed away on April 25, 2020 due to complications from the coronavirus. He was a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly 40 years, from 1959-1998, and was formerly on the faculties of University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Catholic University of America, Glassboro State College, The New School of Music, and Settlement Music School.

Though this is a tremendous loss, our students, faculty and staff are grateful to have had so many years with Alan, especially having been able to celebrate his 90th birthday two years ago. He will be dearly missed.

To continue his legacy, the Alan Abel Endowed Percussion Scholarship Fund is accepting donations in his memory.