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Founders and Honorees

Charter Members

In 1964, when it was know that the RKO Palace Theatre was going to close and be demolished, a core of those involved with the instrument chartered the Rochester Theatre Organ Society. The “story” of RTOS and its evolution can be found here.

As part of the birth of the Society, a number of fundraising efforts were undertaken to purchase the Wurlitzer as well as relocate it to the Auditorium Theatre. The first 50 members of the Society were identified as Charter Members. The list of those individuals is presented below.

  • 1. James D. Agnello
  • 2. Franklin L. Alderman*
  • 3. Rita Becker*
  • 4. Edwin A. Boise*
  • 5. Irving E. Chase, Jr.
  • 6. Rollo V. Clark, Jr.*
  • 7. George Codd*
  • 8. Joseph P. Courneen
  • 9. William J. Courneen
  • 10. Earl R. Cripps
  • 11. Frederick H. Dise*
  • 12. Paul L. Field*
  • 13. Bernard J. Flanagan*
  • 14. Paul Fleming*
  • 15. Charles E. Gaenzler*
  • 16. James L. Gossman
  • 17. Robert F. Holroyd*
  • 18. Frank E. Johnsten
  • 19. Martin E. Klafehn
  • 20. Ernest C. Klumpp*
  • 21. Mrs. Richard B. Langkamp*
  • 22. Jess G. Littlefield*
  • 23. Hedwig MacRae*
  • 24. Edward McCarthy*
  • 25. Milton T. Meier*
  • 26. Alfred K. Miller*
  • 27. Eugene A. Miller
  • 28. Stuart P. Moffatt*
  • 29. Richard G. Neidich
  • 30. Clifford J. O’Kane*
  • 31. Warren H. Peterson*
  • 32. Frank Plante
  • 33. George Power
  • 34. Bernard Root*
  • 35. Alan P. Ross*
  • 36. Matthew J. Russel*
  • 37. Daniel O. Schultz
  • 38. Oline B. Schultz*
  • 39. H. J. Schwallenstocker
  • 40. Gerald R. Scrivens
  • 41. John E. Sislo*
  • 42. Dr. Gale E. Smith*
  • 43. Nicholas Snow
  • 44. Henry W. Stoll*
  • 45. Herman Stoll*
  • 46. Daniel E. Suter*
  • 47. Elizabeth Treadway
  • 48. Hollis R. Upson*
  • 49. James C. Webster*
  • 50. Luella K. Wickham*

* Deceased, Revised 2021/01/15

Honorary Members

Name of HonoreeYear Elected
Jay Golden*1965
Donald M. Scott1966
David E. Cordy*1967
Daniel O. Schultz1968
Oline B. Schultz*1971
George Wright*1972
Gale E. Smith*1975
Daniel E. Suter*1976
Stuart Moffatt* & Phyllis Moffatt*1977
Jess G. Littlefield*1978
Roger Wood1979
Douglas C. Crocker*1980
Donald S. Hall1981
Harry Lamoureaux*1982
Kenneth Veneron1983
Kenneth Evans & Elinor Evans*1985
Frederick W. Parker1987
Harry Malcolm* & Dorothy Malcolm*1988
Lloyd E. Klos*1989
Jerome Shaughnessy*1990
Richard R. Harold*1991
Richard Gejac*1992
Harold Hyland* & Eleanor Hyland*1994
Rollo Clark* & Alyce Clark1995
Jack Grierson*1998
Mark Smith1999
Winnie Turcott2001
R. Marie West*2001
Russ Shaner2009
Jonathan Ortloff2009
Richard Neidich2012
Lauren Peckham*2013
David Peckham2013
James Stetts* & Lorraine Stetts*2013
Kevin Scott2015
Prof. William Porter2020
* Deceased, Revised 2021/01/15