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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Jimmie Howard Reynolds (W0ONU)


January 19, 2013


Jimmie Howard Reynolds died on Saturday, January 19, in Shreveport, Louisiana at the age of 87. Jimmie was born in Wichita, Kansas on February 19, 1925 to Charles Franklin Cracraft and Orpha Edith Howard. His father died when he was 2 years old and he was later adopted by his stepfather, John McCormack Reynolds. Jimmie grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and received degrees in Music from Louisiana State University and the University of Michigan. After teaching in public schools in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, he served as Director of Bands at Peabody/Vanderbilt University, Director of Bands and Head of the Department of Music at Louisiana Tech University and Director of Bands at Iowa State University. From 1980 to 1985 he was Director of Youth Music for the Municipality of Jerusalem, resident conductor of the Israel National Youth Band, and Music Consultant for The Rothschild Foundation, Israel. He also taught courses in Music Education at Tel Aviv University and the Reuben Academy of Jerusalem. Reynolds was a past president of the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association and member of many other national and regional band associations. He served honorably in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant JG. As a lifelong educator spending much of the 1950ís and 60ís in the Deep South, he held a firm belief in the work of the Civil Rights movement often taking stands that put him at odds with the political and social climate of the times. He instilled in his five children the value of all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or economic status. He had a deep appreciation for great music and was an enthusiast of amateur radio. Jimmie is survived by his children, Jonathan Reynolds, Christin Fagan, Patrick Reynolds, Lauren Rea, Daniel Shlomo Reynolds and his three grandchildren, Thomas Fagan, Brendan Rea and Katherine Rea. He is also survived by his wife, Arlene Burney. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Wichita, Kansas.

Contributed by: Paul R. Coats (AE5JU)


My father was an avid ham from his teenage years in Shreveport until his recent passing. As busy as he was as a music educator, he used ham radio as a welcome relief from a busy day. And my interest in radio was nourished by hearing his rig all fired up on early mornings at home! This photo was taken at the Bolinas, CA transmitter site for KSM/K6KPH.

Contributed by: Jonathan Reynolds (WR5D)




Contributed by: Jonathan Reynolds (WR5D)


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