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Meredith Willson

Born: 18-May-1902
Birthplace: Mason City, IA
Died: 15-Jun-1984
Location of death: Santa Monica, CA [1]
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery, Mason City, IA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer, Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Music Man

Military service: US Army (1942-45, Maj.)

[1] St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, CA.

Father: John David Willson (lawyer)
Mother: Rosalie Reiniger
Wife: Elizabeth Wilson (m. 29-Aug-1920, div. 5-Mar-1948)
Wife: Ralina Zarova (singer, m. 13-Mar-1948, d. 6-Dec-1966)
Wife: Rosemary Sullivan (his secretary, m. 14-Feb-1968, until his death)

    High School: Mason City High School, Mason City, IA (1919)
Juilliard School

    New York Philharmonic Principal Flautist (1924-29)
    John Philip Sousa Band Flautist (1921-23)
    Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6411 Hollywood Blvd. (radio)

Author of books:
And There I Stood with My Piccolo: Reminiscences (1948, memoir)
Who Did What to Fedalia? (1952, novel)
Eggs I Have Laid (1955, memoir)
But He Doesn't Know the Territory (1959, memoir)

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