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“Emma Louise was as wonderful a person as she was a musician. I knew Emma for many years as a fellow teacher before I became principal of Southdale...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Janice Thompson - Trinity, FL

“I will miss her beautiful being, love for life, and our friendship. She will always have a place in my heart. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Chen Yen - Seattle, WA

“My condolences and prayers are with Emma's family. I knew Emma from her years with the DPO and Far Hills Baptist Church as she played in the...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Lewis - Dayton, OH

“Emma was a friend and music colleague of my Father, Paul Blagg. They were both Principal musicians in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for many...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Alford - Miamisburg, OH

“I have many fond memories of Emma Louise Odum and her mother, father, and grandfather Randolph Tams, because they were our next door neighbors for...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Carolyn Byrd Holbrook - Dayton, OH

“I just this moment learned of the death of my dear friend Emma Louise. What an inspiration she was for me and many. As a sixth grader at Belmont...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Harold Weller - Las Vegas, NV

“PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES.Officers and members of The Dayton Musicians Association Local 101-473 American Federation of Musicians ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Miss Odum was my 6th grade teacher at Van Cleve Elementary School in Dayton many years ago. Even prior to that she had taken an interest in me...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Peggy Wyant Taulbee - Centerville, OH

“I have many fond memories of Emma, we were former high school classmates at Roosvelt and in band together. We were also in the Kettering teachers...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: marjorie riesinger roehm - OH

“I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Emma Louise. She was a wonderful, wonderful Lady and an excellent musician. Both my wife, Dorothy, and...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Shartle - Kettering, OH

“Emma Louise was a lovely lady with an infectious smile. She was also a wonderful musician and violist. I was privileged to know her through our...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Connie Rogers - Cincinnati, OH

“Please accept our sincere condolences. I was blessed by having Ms.Odum as my strings teacher. After I graduated from Kettering, my Mother would often...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: The Strother Family - Kettering, OH

“Emma Louise was a special lady to those of us fortunate enough to have worked with her. She slways had a smile for everyone. Her model of...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Kay Daily - Centerville, OH

“My sympathies to all of Emma Louise's family and friends, particularly those who, like me, had the great privilege of making wonderful music with...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Alan Kimbrough - Dayton, OH

“She was always Emma Louise to me, a real lady and a dear friend. She was a talented yet most humble lady. I never saw her without her sweet smile....Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Diana Heron - Springboro, OH

“Emma was a dear friend. I and my family met her in 1996 when we moved across the street from her. What a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Cheryle DeVore - St. Paris, OH

“My mother, Mary Coughlin, was a teacher at Southdale School in Kettering. She knew Emma, and she often spoke of what a lovely person she was. My...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: A friend


ODUM, Emma Louise, of Centerville, Ohio, died peacefully at Hospice of Dayton on Saturday, August 15, 2009 after a short illness. Daughter of the late Bertha and Arthur L. Odum, Emma Louise graduated from Roosevelt High School, attended the University of Dayton where she graduated with a B.Sc. in Education. She attended Miami University where she received a Master's Degree of Education in Music, French and Social Studies. Emma completed her Residency for a Doctorate of Music Degree in Chamber Music at the College�Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She spent a summer as a member of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Austria where she also held a Fellowship in Chamber Music with the Quarneri String Quartet at the State University of New York in Binghampton. Early in her career she served as the personal secretary to Miriam Rosenthal, the Executive Secretary of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She held this position for 16 years. She was Principal Emeritus of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Viola section where she was Principal violist for many years. Emma performed under the batons of all four DPO conductors. She performed with the Dayton Opera Orchestra, the Dayton Bach Society and was the violist in the Dayton Philharmonic String Quintet. Emma taught in the Dayton City Schools, was a Traveling Strings instructor for the Kettering School system and a former Adjunct Professor of Strings and of Music Education at the University of Dayton and Wright State University, respectively. At Wright State University she was also a member of the University Faculty String Quartet. Emma was a long-time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakwood. She loved to travel and her world map in her home denoted all the many places she had visited. Emma will be missed by her many musician colleagues, friends and families, students, and neighbors. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:00PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakwood, with The Rev. Judith A. Dorn officiating. A reception will follow in the cloister. She will be laid to rest in the Woodland Cemetery mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Performance Place at the Schuster Center, 109 N Main St., Ste 200, Dayton, Ohio 45402 or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45402. Condolences and other tributes may be sent to the friends at www.routsong.com.

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