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in memoriam
Charles David McKee; B.S. ’70
July 20, 2012
Mary Faye Scull Stauth; M.S. ’72
Aug. 30, 2012
Frank Mitchell Adams, Sr.; B.G.S. ’78
Sept. 6, 2012
Linda Ann Hawkins Shively; M.S. ’83
March 5, 2012
Kevin Lee Barnes; A.S. ’87
Jan. 18, 2001
Martha Sue Campbell Johnson; B.S. ’87
May 28, 2012
Don McMahel, IU Southeast’s first music director, passes away at 82
Don McMahel loved music, and he made it his lifelong commitment to share that love with
his students.
For more than 50 years, he shared his passion with students ranging from elementary
school to college.
McMahel, 82, died Jan. 10, at his home after an illness. His legacy will live on in the
hundreds of musicians he touched throughout his career.
A 2012 recipient of the IU Southeast Chancellor’s Medallion, McMahel was IU Southeast’s
first music director and a respected educator throughout the region.
McMahel, a New Albany native, received a four-year scholarship to the Indiana
University School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music
degrees. While in college, he was principal clarinetist of the IU Symphonic Band and the
Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Opera Orchestra.
He began working for the New Albany Floyd County School Corporation in 1959. Until
his retirement in 1993, he taught music theory; was an assistant director for the New
Albany High School band; directed more than 30 high school musicals; taught at several
elementary schools; organized annual music festivals for bands, orchestras, and choirs; and
served as the fine arts assistant to the superintendent for 10 years.
McMahel became IU Southeast’s first music director in 1963. He taught music appreciation and served on the planning committee for
the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center. In 1997, McMahel partnered with James Poteet, a former student of his to start the IU
Southeast Concert Band. During his 50 years at IU Southeast, McMahel did extensive work with the IU Southeast music program. He was
currently serving as the associate director for the University Orchestra.
McMahel performed professionally with the Louisville Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Kentucky Opera. He received the IU
Southeast Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award for teaching in 1975 and the Lifetime Arts Achievement Award from the Arts Council
of Southern Indiana in 2005.
The University has lost a great man in Don McMahel,” said Chancellor Sandra R. Patterson-Randles. “His love and passion for music
and for his students was absolutely undeniable. Don’s legacy lies in his ability to share his music with the community and to inspire an
appreciation for music in people of all ages. He will be greatly missed by all of us at IU Southeast.”
Dennie Ray Oxley; M.S. ’88
Oct. 11, 2012
Jo Ann McCutchan Ollis; A.S. ’89
Sept. 18, 2008
Faculty and Staff:
Judy Risico; retired Records/Information Specialist in
the School of Education
Sept. 7, 2012.
Mary Lasseigne; Professor Emeritus in the School of
Sept. 8, 2012.
Raymond John “Rick” Richmer; retired Senior Mail Clerk
in Mail Services
Oct. 28, 2012