SVCT member DeWitt P. Zuse passed away on June 8, 2017

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, DeWitt P. Zuse, an inspiring, passionate music and arts educator and initiator of programs that often helped the physically and economically disadvantaged, died at his home with family by his side. He was 84.

He graduated from Lebanon Valley College and The University of Michigan with a Master of Music Education. He was the chairman of the music department of Cumberland Valley Schools from 1956-1966 and helped create a Pennsylvania statewide summer arts program for talented high school students. In 1971, he moved to Guilford, Connecticut to become the first director of the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. He ended his career self-employed using communication technology to assist non-verbal children and adults.

Mr. Zuse was born in Frederick, Maryland on December 28, 1932, son of the late Rev. Dr. DeWitt P. Zuse and Linda F. Zuse. He is survived by Berdella M Zuse, his beloved wife of 63 years, three sons, DeWitt P Zuse, III and his wife Susi B Zuse of Madison, Ted M Zuse and his wife Ann C Street of Guilford and Thatcher A Zuse and his wife Amanda P Zuse of Guilford, sister, Janet Hostetter, of York, PA, and his six grandchildren Amy N Zuse, Tyler M Zuse, Hadley C Zuse, Ella J Zuse, Clara G Zuse, Annabel C Zuse.

A memorial service was held at the First Congregational Church, in Guilford, Connecticut where he was a long time member. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DeWitt P Zuse Memorial Music Fund and mailed to Guilford Savings Bank, 1 Park St, Guilford, Connecticut 06437. Funds will go to benefit students who otherwise would not have an opportunity to play an instrument.