Leonard Posner, professor of violin, died on February 3, 2003. He was 84.
Born in Philadelphia in 1918, Professor Posner began studying violin at age five at the Settlement School in New York. He had a five-year fellowship at Julliard School of Music from 1936 to 1941. He was a concertmaster at Radio City Music Hall (1944-47), Utah Symphony (1947-49), Dallas Symphony (1950-54; 1959-1969), NBC Symphony (1954-1959), and the Dallas Opera during the spring season (1984-1988).
In 1960, Professor Posner taught at the Aspen Institute Summer Program. He served as both a faculty member and performer at the Congress of Strings (1966-69); he was also a member of the Casals Festival Orchestra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1950, 1951, 1953, 1967, and 1968.
Professor Posner joined the UT faculty in 1969. During his time at UT, he served as concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 10 years; he was also principal violinist for the orchestra from 1970-72 and 1978-1988.
Professor Posner retired from UT in 1988. After retirement, he continued playing music and coached many students. He was survived by his wife, Helen.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
Office of the General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Jennifer Morgan and posted on the Faculty Council Web site
on June 1, 2007. Additional information can be found in the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.