|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2008|
PEORIA - Dr. Allen E. Cannon, age 87, of Peoria passed away at 7:43 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Methodist Medical Center.
He was born June 24, 1920, in Crystal Falls, Mich., to Lester and Lena Tobin Cannon. Dr. Cannon married Marilyn Levy on June 22, 1945, in Denver, Colo. She preceded him in death in 1998.
Dr. Cannon was a WWII U.S. Army Air Forces veteran, serving in the North African and Italian theaters.
Dr. Cannon was a member of the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Peoria.
He is survived by his sons, David (Josephine) Cannon of Portland, Ore., and Michael (Denise Field) Cannon of St. Louis, Mo.; his grandchildren, Benjamin (Liz) Cannon, Sharon Cannon, Jonathan Cannon and Aaron Cannon; his great-granddaughter, Evelyn Cannon; his brother, Efram (Sally) Cannon of Palo Alto, Calif.; and his beloved companion, Hedy Stone of Peoria.
Dr. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Sher.
Dr. Cannon joined the faculty of Bradley University upon discharge from the Army in 1945, received his doctorate from Chicago Musical College in 1954 and was appointed director of the School of Music at Bradley three years later. As a member of the faculty, he continued to give annual recitals and also appeared as guest soloist at numerous concerts by the Peoria Symphony, Orpheus Chorus and Philharmonic Chorale, among others. Dr. Cannon had joined the Peoria Symphony in 1945 and was appointed Concertmaster in 1948, a position he held with distinction until his retirement from that position in 1984. In 1952, he organized and secured funding for the Peoria String Quartet, which throughout its 20-year history offered a series of five or more chamber music concerts every year. Dr. Cannon also concertized elsewhere in the Midwest and abroad. Shortly after television came to Peoria in 1956, Dr. Cannon developed and appeared in a live, twice-weekly, semester-long TV series on music appreciation that viewers could watch as part of a college credit course.
With his retirement from the directorship of the School of Music in 1985 and from Bradley's active faculty in 1999, Dr. Cannon expanded his role in the larger Peoria arts community. He also began visiting nursing homes to lecture and play for those unable to attend musical events in Peoria and he continued to teach every semester in the Bradley Institute for Learning in Retirement.
Dr. Cannon also volunteered as a first-grade reading instructor at Hines School in Peoria and served for many years as an escort at Methodist Medical Center.
He was a passionate and unfailingly optimistic Chicago Cubs fan.
In recognition of his lifetime achievements, the state of Illinois, through its Alliance for Aging, named Dr. Cannon an Illinois Treasure in 1995.
Funeral services for Dr. Cannon will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with Rabbi Shlomo Wing officiating. There will be no visitation. Interment will be in Peoria Hebrew Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Peoria, Bradley University's School of Communication and Fine Arts or the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.
Marilyn C Levy Cannon (1925 - 1998)*
Peoria Hebrew Cemetery
Created by: Jeanette
Record added: Mar 10, 2008
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