A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD ON SAT. MARCH 28TH, 2009 AT BATTELL CHAPEL, Yale University, at 3:00pm. All were cordially invited. Over 800 in attendance! DVD available through the Yale Glee Club office.

Service details: Tom Murray, University Organist, started the prelude 20 minutes before the 3 p.m. service began. There were performances by The Yale Glee Club, The Yale Alumni Chorus, The Whiffenpoofs of 2009, The SLOT's, and The University Glee Club of New Haven. A magnificent, and humbling, tribute.

Contributions in memory of Fenno may be sent to the
North Congregational Church P.O. Box 307 New Hartford CT 06057.

Condolences may be sent directly to the family (Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, Terry) at pogilvy@comcast.net

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F F Heath Jr. 12-30-1926 to 12-05-2008

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~Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, and Terry Heath

Friday, December 5, 2008


So many firsts, Fenno,
I remember the audible gasps of Yale Club old-timers on one tour when YGC's women stolled out onto the stage to sing ("My GOD, there are more women than men!"), and the tepid applause for our incredible soloist - a black man who, like Fenno, ignored their subtle and not-so-subtle rebukes. How far we have come, and in no small thanks to Fenno's courage in making music 'harmonious' in so many ways.

In 1981, a small group of senior women, most of us Glee Clubbers, decided to try to start a senior women's accapella group. At the time, there was nothing like the Whiffs for women, and we thought it was time. There was plenty of skepticism that it would catch on, not least of which among this small group of women. The one who didn't show any skepticism or hesitation was Fenno. Fenno helped us, supported us, provided us with practice space, encouragement, and I think later arranged for the group. That year, Whim 'n Rhythm was born. When we sang 25 years later with the Glee Club and other groups at a reunion event, it was like coming home. Mother of Men is cool. Father of Whim 'n...well, that deserves some credit, too. Thank you for believing in us, and in the power of music to bridge differences and knit people together. We never have, and never will, forget everything you have done for us. We love you, Fenno, and the wonderful family you shared with us, too.

Julie Iffland, '81.

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