Robert Stevenson dies (1916–2012)

It is my sad duty to report the death of Robert M. Steven­son (1916–2012), cer­tainly one of the lead­ing musi­col­o­gists of the lat­ter half of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury and a pre­em­i­nent fig­ure in the advance­ment of Ibero-American musi­co­log­i­cal research.

 Dr. Steven­son passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Decem­ber 22, at a nurs­ing home in Santa Mon­ica. He’d been strug­gling with assorted ail­ments since last July, mostly infec­tions and intesti­nal prob­lems, and was in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals and health­care facil­i­ties from early August to the end.  He put up a very good fight and came back from death’s door sev­eral times, but at age 96, it was a los­ing bat­tle.   Per Dr. Stevenson’s request, there will be no memo­r­ial ser­vice.  He will be cre­mated and his ashes placed along­side those of his sib­lings in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.  A fuller obit­u­ary will be dis­sem­i­nated soon.

Wal­ter A. Clark

Pro­fes­sor of Musicology

Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Iber­ian and Latin Amer­i­can Music

Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Riverside

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