Elmer R. Beloof
June 17, 1999
Elmer R. Beloof, professor emeritus of music, died June 8. He was 91.
Beloof came to WMU in 1946 to teach music at the former Campus School operated by the University. He moved to the music department in 1957. Prior to coming to WMU, Beloof taught high school music in Harrisburg and Mt. Vernon, Ill. He was also the instrumental music director and department chairperson for the Lawrence, N.Y., school district.
While at WMU, Beloof and his wife Margaret were the first couple to break a University ban on married couples working in the same department. Margaret worked at WMU as a piano and organ instructor.
Beloof earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and master's and doctoral degrees from the Teacher's College at Columbia University. He retired in 1971.
During his retirement he worked as a legislative representative and chairperson of the state legislative committee of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.