With heavy hearts, we share the news that Richard P. Karman, chairman of our board of directors, died on Sunday, November 1st after a brief illness. Dick and his wife, Sandy, were friends and loyal supporters of Artistic Director Matthew Lewis and our group for many years. So we were delighted when they agreed to join our board in 2013. They walked in the door and immediately got to work on projects big and small.
Sadly, Sandy passed away in September of last year after a battle with cancer. Dick continued his commitment to St. George’s Choral Society, though, and became chairman of our board earlier this year. A retired educator and school administrator, Dick lent his talents in our search for a fuller history of St. George’s Choral Society since its formation in 1817 and served as a true champion of the choir through his leadership of our Board and his commitment to Matthew and our group.
We will remember his welcoming smile, his wit, his down-to-earth intelligence, and his friendly embrace. We are thankful for Dick and Sandy’s help in building a stronger foundation for our group as we move toward our 200th anniversary. We will miss them every day.