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Randy Lofgren - Jan. 11, 1940 - Dec. 26, 2014
Dr. Randy Lofgren left his earthly home, Skybird's Perch, on Friday, December 26, 2014.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 11, 1940 to Carl and Virginia Lofgren, Randy was reared in Houston before graduating from Milby High School and then attending Baylor University. Randy met Jeanine Haube during his student years at Baylor. They married in 1962 and had two children, Wendy and Kevin. While residing in Waco, Dr. Lofgren served as Minister of Music at Calvary Baptist Church and as choral director at Waco High School. In 1974, the Lofgren family moved to Jefferson City, Tennessee where Randy was a part of the music faculty at Carson Newman College and created and directed the touring musical group, Something Special. He continued his career in music at Lakeside Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. He then served at First Baptist Church Duncanville, Texas and later as choral director at Duncanville High School. In 1988, Randy began his association with Baylor University as an administrator. He retired in May of this year as Associate Vice President of Constituent Engagement after 26 years of dedicated and passionate service to the University. His tireless effort, visionary spirit, and unquenchable belief in the undeveloped potential of every individual defined his every endeavor. He is known to many as mentor, encourager, counselor, teacher and friend.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanine Lofgren; his daughter, Wendy Lofgren Smith and husband, Mark, and their children, Jessica, Allison, Hannah, and Lance; his son, Kevin Lofgren and wife, Shari, and their children, Finley and Owen; his loving sister, Karla, and her husband, Ed Davis; and nephews, Jonathan and Matt Davis and their families.
The family has sincere appreciation for staff at Providence Hospice Place who provided excellent care in a very personal way.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Randy and Jeanine Haube Lofgren Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music-440SFAN, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798 or The Doc and Jeanine Lofgren Skybird Music Scholarship, Carson Newman University, Carson Newman Advancement, P.O. Box 529, Jefferson City, TN 37760.
Dr. Lofgren wrote this article on the history of the Golden Voices for our 40th reunion in 2011:
"In the fall of 1965 I first took the reins, so long held by Ken Howard, of the entire choral program at Waco High School. I had worked with the junior choirs in a joint capacity with Ken in the 64-65 school year.
As I began to think of how to create distinctive indications of a new day under my baton (which was difficult, given the outstanding performance of WHS choirs for decades) I thought it would be interesting to produce an album of choral Christmas music to be sold to the community. When I began to work with the custom academic recording label it just somehow didn't get it to say "Century Recording presents an album of Christmas music by the Senior Chorus of Waco High School."
I had been successful in acquiring new gold robes for the choir that fall and I reflected on the school colors being gold and white. I asked the recording company representative about commercializing the title somewhat, playing down the company and emphasizing the choir. The rep said that would be fine but that no one in the United States was doing that about which he was aware. That was all I needed to hear.
So, when the album came out the title on the cover was "Sing We Now of Christmas by the Golden Voices of Waco High." The rest is history as they say. The #1 choir carried that name for as long as I was conducting and for a few years after that until it fell out of vogue. My last concert as conductor of the Golden Voices was at graduation in Waco Hall in May of 1971."