In Memoriam ~~ Robert H. Ferrell

With fond memory, we are sorry to announce that Robert H. Ferrell, our friend and twice client, died in early August 2018.  His nine plus decades produced legions of students and friends in his distinguished career as historian and presidential scholar as well as his first interest and study in music which continued throughout his life. We will greatly miss him. Here are recently published tributes.


Wall Street Journal         New York Times          Washington Times          Washington Post


We met Robert later in life after his retirement from Indiana University and move to Ann Arbor to be near to his daughter and her family.  We were very honored to have him choose us to build house size practice organs to provide a break from his continuing research and writing. Twice. The first organ was the fourth of our twelve two-stop practice organs. 

A while after the installation in Ann Arbor, Robert was again visiting our shop in Appleton while we were building two six-stop practice organs.  The first was sold and the second was still available.  After looking and listening for a short while he asked if we accept 'trade-ins.'  We did and as as one says, the rest in history.

It is interesting that both organs have been/will be relocated to Texas.  The two-stop is in the home of Dr. Christopher Anderson, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.  The six-stop will be delivered to Dr. Daryl Robinson, Moores School of Music, at the University of Houston.

Below are pictures of Robert's two- and six-stop instruments, both of solid Cherry.