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June 24, 2009 > Memorial set for CSUEB music lecturer, alumnus Lawrence Granger

Memorial set for CSUEB music lecturer, alumnus Lawrence Granger

Submitted By Diane Daniel

California State University, East Bay Music Department lecturer and alumnus Lawrence Granger, 57, of Pleasanton, died June 14 of heart failure following surgery for a brain tumor three days earlier. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Wattis Room of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, (musician's entrance on Hayes Street) in San Francisco.

Granger graduated with a BA in music in 1975, and while a student, won the principal cello position with the Oakland Symphony. In 1979, he won a chair with the San Francisco Symphony and continued to perform with them until his hospitalization. His principal teachers included Allen Gove, Bonnie Hampton and Michael Grebanier. He was a frequent concertizer with the symphony's Chamber Music Sundaes, as well as performing concerti with various orchestras throughout Northern California. He had a special interest in promoting and performing contemporary works for cello.

Granger recorded for several films at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, and for many radio and television commercials. His recordings also include the CRI label's Secret Thoughts, a piece written for him by Music Department Chair and Professor Frank La Rocca, and on the New Albion label, Cello Concerto by Peter Lewis. He joined the CSUH music faculty as cello instructor in 1990 and was a prominent performer on faculty recitals and departmental concerts.

"Larry was a world-class musician, and an even finer human being. He has left an indelible mark on all of us lucky to make music with him," said Buddy James, associate professor of music, and director of choral activities and conductor of the university symphony orchestra. He is survived by his widow, Priscilla Carter Granger of Pleasanton, his parents, Howard and Dorothy Granger of Riverside CA; and sister Jocelyn Granger of Fremont. Those wishing to make a donation should write to or call 510-885-3135. The Music Department plans a separate memorial for Mr. Granger in Fall 2009 at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB).

CSUEB music lecturer, Lawrence Granger's memorial service
Saturday, June 27
1 p.m.
Wattis Room, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
(510) 885-3135

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