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In Memoriam
Helen Thompson Taylor (1933-2018), a long time member of the Boston Chapter

Word has been received of the death of Helen Thompson Taylor on September 14th at Kendal at Oberlin, Ohio

Helen was a graduate of Oberlin College and a longtime resident of Newton, Mass., where she taught in the public schools for 35 years, concluding for many years as Chair of the Music Department at Newton South High School.

She also served as organist and director of music at several local area churches including for 25 years at Plymouth Congregational Church, Belmont, Mass.

Following her retirement and move to Oberlin in 2009, she actively subbed in local area churches. She also volunteered in the elementary, junior and senior high schools, for which she was awarded the Oberlin College Community Service Award at the college’s 2015 commencement, prominently sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama.

She is survived by three children and eleven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Kendal at Oberlin on October 28, 2018.


The Boston Chapter AGO is sorry to announce the destruction of the 1872 E.&G.G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 635 organ at the First Baptist Church in Wakefield, MA due to a fire started by a lightening strike to the church on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.  We are grateful to the congregation at First Baptist for caring for Opus 635 for 146 years.

This unaltered two manual, eighteen stop instrument was in regular use until last Sunday. The instrument inspired one young parishioner to become an organ builder. That parishioner is John H. Boody, known to many of us as a founder of the Taylor and Boody pipe organ firm of Stauton, VA.
The fire gutted the building.
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Reference: Organ Historical Society Data Base


Rosalind Mohnsen honored by OHS with Distinguished Service Award

Rosalind is pictured here with DSA Chair Dan Clayton and OHS Board Chair Michael Quimby.

BAGO member Rosalind Mohnsen was chosen by the Organ Historical Society to receive the Distinguished Service Award. Rosalind was honored at the 2018 OHS National Convention in Rochester, NY. The Distinguished Service Award is the premier recognition given by the Organ Historical Society for volunteer work by members of the organization. It recognizes significant contributions of the highest order for the promotion and betterment of the Society. Promotion can include noteworthy and outstanding contributions to the programs and mission of the Society as well as advertising and public relations. Recipients are members of the OHS who have contributed significant service in terms of time, talent, and work.
The award is richly deserved by tireless Rosalind. Her integrity and honesty bring the organs she plays to life.
Rosalind’s biography is filled with recitals for OHS (over twenty-three!), AGO and BAGO. She was featured in the Boston 2014 convention, playing the 1883 Hook and Hastings, Opus 1168 at St. Joseph’s Church in Boston. Rosalind also wrote an article for the online journal Musforum in November 2013 outlining the work she calls her real calling, church music. 
Congratulations, Rosalind!