Obituary: Mary Radcliffe, longtime Greenwich Symphony leader, 94

Posted on: December 20, 2021

“Mary Radcliffe, the legendary former head of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, is remembered as someone devoted to music and education in her community, after her death at the age of 94,” writes Ken Borsuk in Saturday’s (12/18) Greenwich Time (CT). “Radcliffe, a native of Budapest, Hungary, passed away Nov. 17…. She had been the head of the symphony’s board of directors since 1983 and often served as its public face until retiring in June 2020. ‘She lived a remarkable life with a divine love of music,’ said former First Selectman Peter Tesei, who succeeded her as chair. ‘Her impact on the Greenwich Symphony will be felt for many years.’ … Her family was forced to flee [Hungary] in 1944 after the Nazi invasion….. She earned a degree in piano from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1949 and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She eventually became a piano teacher, leading classes privately in her Greenwich home and also teaching at the Drew School for Girls in Carmel, N.Y.; the Batheson School in Scarsdale, N. Y.; and the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. … She joined the board in 1972…. A memorial service with a musical tribute will be held Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.”