Part of our work to promote the carillon in North America is to honor the people and organizations that make an outstanding contribution to our efforts. We've recognized donors and benefactors of carillons; carillon teachers, composers, and virtuosos; scholars of the carillon; and everyone in between. We're proud to showcase our honored members.
Charles K. Arter †
Maj. Harry M. Nornabell †
The Office of the Honorary President was established at our founding in 1936, and William Gorham Rice (1856–1945) was immediately appointed to the position. A civil servant from New York, Rice was one of the most important North Americans to have ever loved the carillon. One of the first-ever carillon scholars, he wrote 3 books, gave 35 lectures in several cities, published articles in magazines, spoke on radio programs, and presented exhibition material on the subject throughout the 1910s and 1920s. He was instrumental in installing a carillon at the city hall of Albany, New York, and helped establish the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium. Following his death in 1945, our leadership chose to leave the office vacant "for the present."
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