1856–1941

Feb­ru­a­ry 7, 1856, Al­ba­ny, New York

Sep­tem­ber 26, 1941, Al­ba­ny, New York.

Al­ba­ny Rur­al Ce­me­te­ry, Me­nands, New York.

portrait

George was the husband of Frances Umpleby.

He is remembered as a theater manager, drama critic, organist, and director of music for the public school system of Al­ba­ny, New York.

He attended the Al­ba­ny Classical Institute, and later the Al­ba­ny Academy, from which he graduated in 1872 and where he received the Gannon Medal for excellence in chemistry. He went on to Harvard, but was forced to quit due to poor eyesight, so he took up music.

He played the organ at All Saints Ca­thed­ral, the Eman­u­el Bap­tist Church, the Second Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, and St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Al­ba­ny. He taught three generations of music students in Al­ba­ny, and it was said he never forgot the first names of his thousands of pupils. Two years before his retirement from the public school system in 1936, his former students gave him a dinner attended by 700.

  1. Baranquilla
  2. Beau Vallon
  3. Beautiful Bright Sunshine, The
  4. Guthrie
  5. In the Early Morning, Early
  6. Merry, Merry Chiming Bells
  7. Oliver
  8. Once Again the Olden Story