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Fred Sturm, Wisconsin Jazz Educator, Dies at 63

Director of Jazz Studies at Lawrence University for more than two decades

Fred Sturm

Fred Sturm, the director of Jazz Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., died August 24 at his home in De Pere, Wisc., following a long battle with cancer. Sturm was 63 and had graduated from Lawrence in 1973, then returned to teach. His teaching career lasted for 37 years, 26 of them as director of jazz studies and improvisational music at Lawrence.

Sturm was nominated for a Grammy in 1997 and was awarded the 2003 ASCAP/IAJE Commission in Honor of Quincy Jones, a prize granted annually to a jazz composer

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