B. 1918 Germantown PA, Professor of mathmatics and organist, author, organ restorer, d. 1996
From "R. Whiting" Obituary in Philly.com, accessed Oct 17, 2015 --
Robert B. Whiting, 78, a mathematics professor and an organist who collected and restored old parlor organs, died April 18, 1996. He continued as a church organist throughout his life. He also became fascinated with instruments themselves - especially old reed organs - and had a barn full of them on the 78-acre farm in Schwenksville where he spent several days a week.
There, he studied, repaired and restored the instruments that he collected from all over the region.
He became an authority and wrote a book, Estey Reed Organs on Parade, a pictorial history of the organ and the company that made it for more than 100 years.
He had a succession of pipe organs, which he bought from congregations that didn't want them any more and set up in the barn. [He set up at least one in a church: St. Paul's Episcopal, Mount Vernon, WA, OHS ID 544]
He was a member of the Organ Historical Society.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). --
No NotesWe received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.