(1930-1986) Inducted 1997
Dr. Edward J. Pease was professor of horn and music history at Western Kentucky University from 1964 to the time of his death in 1986. Prior to coming to Western, Dr. Pease had taught at Taylor University and Iowa Wesleyan College. He earned his B.S. degree from Western Illinois in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1960.
Dr. Pease was the author of many scholarly articles, poetry and several books. In addition to his musical expertise, he was widely acknowledged as an authority on the history of dance. He remained highly involved with student recruitment and teacher education through horn clinics, lecture and workshops, and he also was active in service to the university through his membership on numerous committees, most notably the Fulbright Committee.
As an active performer on the horn, he sat principal horn in the Owensboro Symphony as well as performed with the Western Kentucky Symphony, the WKU-Bowling Green Symphony and the University Brass Quintet. His extensive scholarly activities earned him recognition in Who’s Who in American Music for 1983. Most notably, Dr. Pease was recognized by his students and colleagues as a teacher of exceptional excellence and great personal warmth. He was the highest exemplar of musicianship, scholarship and friendship.