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Dr Paul Smith Callaway

Dr Paul Smith Callaway

Birth
Atlanta, Logan County, Illinois, USA
Death 21 Mar 1995 (aged 85–86)
District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 34753507 · View Source
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Born in Atlanta, Illinois, in 1909, Paul Callaway attended Westminster College, Missouri, and subsequently studied organ with T. Tertius Noble (1930–1935), followed by studies with Leo Sowerby at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and then Marcel Dupré in Paris.[3] While pursuing his advanced studies, Callaway was organist and choirmaster at St. Thomas Chapel in New York (1930–1935) and later St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1935–1939).

On September 1, 1939, Callaway became organist and choirmaster at the Washington National Cathedral, where he founded the Cathedral Choral Society in 1941.[3] During World War II, Callaway left the Cathedral for three years to serve in the Army as a bandmaster in the South Pacific. During his tenure at the Cathedral, Callaway expanded the music program's support of American liturgical music and also oversaw considerable expansion of the organ in the 1950s–1970s as construction of the Cathedral's nave was completed.[3] He was quite short in stature, necessitating the installation of a custom-made adjustable pedalboard operated hydraulically so that Dr. Callaway could comfortably reach the pedals of the Washington Cathedral's organ.

Upon Callaway's retirement in 1977, he was succeeded at the Cathedral by his assistant organist, Richard Wayne Dirksen. Washington Post music critic Paul Hume said of Callaway at the time, "It seems incontrovertible that he has had a larger influence on the musical life of this city than any other person". Callaway then served as organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington. He was a member of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, where his requiem was held following his death from cancer on March 21, 1995.[2] A memorial tuba rank was installed on the organ of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in his memory.


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  • Created by: Haworth P. Bromley
  • Added: 13 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34753507
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Paul Smith Callaway (1909–21 Mar 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34753507, citing Washington National Cathedral, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Haworth P. Bromley (contributor 46888443) .