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In Memoriam


STEVE NEDZEL, the Lincoln-Way West High School band director, died shortly after 1 pm Friday, June 17, 2011 friends close to the family said. He was 32.


Members of the West band were informed at 5 pm According to an employee at Lincoln-Way District 210, Nedzel suff ered head trauma from a fall as he was going to


his apartment in Chicago on Tuesday morning.


According to the Lincoln-Way West Music Boosters’ website, Nedzel directed the Wind Symphony, Marching Warriors, Pep Band and Percussion Ensemble. He also taught Music Technology I and II classes.


Before coming to West in 2009, Nedzel was the assistant band director at Lincoln-Way Central for eight years. He directed the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band, taught Music Technology, Piano, and Guitar classes and also assisted with and wrote drill for the Marching Knights.


According to the website, Nedzel grew up in Palatine and at- tended Fremd High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois and com- pleted his Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2005 and his Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009.


Friends and students of Nedzel’s began to share their memo- ries of the beloved music director with New Lenox Patch.


“You meant so much to so many. You will be missed as a teacher, role model, instructor and friend. Rest in peace Mr. Nedzel.” — Bailey Naughton, via Facebook.


“Mr. Nedzel was the most passionate, dedicated band direc- tor I have ever met. He taught his students the importance of pursuing excellence and it showed every time the band played. He was a wonderful role model and mentor. He will be missed immensely. He now goes on to play beautiful music in paradise.” — Mary Leahy, via Facebook


“You were a fantastic teacher and touched many lives. You were nothing less than a supportive, encouraging, and helpful colleague to me. My condolences to all of Steve’s colleagues and students, both past and current. He will be missed.” — Stephen Cannon, via Facebook


F. KENT CAMPBELL of Bowling Green, KY, formerly of Peoria, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home. He was director of bands/professor of music at Western Kentucky University from 1971 until his retirement in 1993. Prior to that, he taught at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine.


A native of Elizabethtown, Tenn., he graduated from the University of Kentucky and received graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. While serving in the military, he was a member of the T ird Army Band, stationed at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Ga.


His fi rst teaching jobs were as band director in Henderson, Ky., and at Eastern High School in Jeff erson County. He served two years as president of the Kentucky Music Educators Association and received awards as Collegiate Teacher of the Year in Music and the Distinguished Service Award.


Upon retirement, he became a member of the Bowling Green Rose Society, serving two terms as president. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Rose Society and served as district director of the rose societies in Kentucky, Tennessee and Eastern Arkansas. Not only did he exhibit roses, but he also served as a judge of rose shows and as a consulting rosarian. He was named Outstanding Consulting Rosarian of the Year and Outstanding Judge of the Year, and also received the Bronze Medal from the local society.


He is survived by his wife, Claire; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Larry Long; his son, Keith; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent Campbell Scholarship Fund at College Heights, Western Kentucky University or Christ Episcopal Church.


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