Roy Alva Edelfelt died at home on July 7, 2015, of medical complications from Parkinson's disease. Born on February 11, 1921, in Schenectady, New York, he attended elementary and high school in Schenectady, then enrolled in the Crane School of Music. He entered the Navy immediately after undergraduate school and served in the invasion of Normandy during World War II, for which he was awarded the Silver Star Medal. Subsequent to his tour of duty, he began a career as a music educator, then gradually broadened his interests to teacher education and curriculum and instruction, studying at New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as a professor at St. Cloud State College and Michigan State University. He went on to become the Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. After retirement from the NEA, Roy became an education consultant.
Always willing to share his views on music, education, people, and politics, he was forever in pursuit of finding the best ice cream or creating the most exquisite blueberry pie. Oh, and we can't forget the finest chocolate. He leaves behind his wife, Margo; four children, Mark (Wendy), Deb (Scotty), Jon (Cathy), and Doug (Maggie); ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family thanks his many caregivers, especially the most recent three, Teresa Schneider, Barbara McQueen, and Simion Sielei.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Villas at Culp Arbor Clubhouse at 3:00 on Saturday, July 18. The family asks that, instead of giving flowers, friends make donations to UNC Hospice or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
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