Harry Linn



Harry Linn, long-time member of TOSDV, ATOS, and Dickinson Theatre Organ Society, passed away on Wednesday September 26th, 2007.

Harry served TOSDV for decades, having served variously as President, Vice President, and Program Chair for at least the past 27 years, and was the sitting President at the time of his death.  He and his late wife Rhea were fixtures at TOSDV events for most of those years. 

Harry was a man of multiple talents:  technical, administrative, and most importantly for TOSDV, exceedingly strong "people" skills. These skill sets also included engineering, dispute resolution, labor negotiations, planning, and encouragement were valuable in his professional career, culminating in his position as Vice President at the now-global firm of Henkels & McCoy.   

He was grateful for the opportunities he received from his country and his profession.  This expressed through his wartime service and in his work with the apprenticeship programs with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 

Harry provided a welcoming presence which allowed for new members to be welcomed to the chapter and to the TOSDV board.  As noted, his people skills were a fantastic asset, useful in every area from difficult board meetings to negotiating contracts for the installation of the chapterís two theatre organs. 

Without Harry Linnís oversight of the chapterís Moller organ, the instrument could not have been retained let alone installed.  In fact, Harry's concern for the Moller led to finding storage for the instrument at no cost to the chapter for almost a decade, following an incident where the organ was "held hostage".   

While the instrument's fate drifted for one potential site to another in a manner likened to "The Flying Dutchman" by one former TOSDV board member, Harry held infectious confidence that the instrument would some day find a permanent home where its cultural value would appreciated by succeeding generations.  His confidence was  rewarded when the instrument was finally installed in Glensideís Keswick Theatre, where new generations of listeners can hear a theatre pipe organ several times a year, sometimes even as part of the theatreís pop and rock music performances.  In many cases, this is the first time these listeners have heard an actual pipe organ of any sort in their lifetime. 

Harryís decades of service and leadership to TOSDV will be impossible to replace and are sorely missed already.  The family noted memorial gifts to the Arthritis Foundation or theatre organ groups such as TOSDV, would be appreciated.  Harry would certainly note that getting involved with the theatre organ movement, whether on a restoration crew, playing the instrument, or in a leadership or administrative capacity, would give him great pleasure as well. 

Rest in Peace, friend.



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