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Doubleday honored for 42 years of service

April 13, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Carl W. Doubleday, a leader in the Kalamazoo arts community for four decades, will be honored at two events this month, recognizing his retirement following 42 years of service to the School of Music at Western Michigan University.

A retirement reception for Doubleday takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 23, on the stage of Miller Auditorium. Remarks begin at 5 p.m. He also will be recognized at the School of Music Honors Convocation Wednesday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Both events are open to the public.

Doubleday began his career at WMU in 1968 as an instructor of music theory and will officially retire June 6 from his position as associate director of the School of Music. Throughout most of his career, he has had principal responsibility for the more than 400 concerts, conferences, residencies and other programs put on by the school each year.

When he received Kalamazoo's Community Medal of Arts, in 2004, Doubleday was cited for his tireless efforts on behalf of WMU and other organizations, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts and Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

In 1991, Doubleday received WMU's Distinguished Service Award, presented to not more than two members of the faculty and staff annually.

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Doubleday earned both a Bachelor's and Master's of Music from WMU. He has served as a church organist in Kalamazoo since the 1970s.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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