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Obituary: Albert Ligotti

Albert F. Ligotti, an associate professor emeritus in Franklin College’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, died Sept. 12 at age 88. Born in Bronx, New York, Ligotti held a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He also enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was a member of the Coast Guard Band.

He was a professional trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic until he joined the UGA faculty in 1968 where he taught for 27 years. Ligotti was the founder and director of the UGA Wind Ensemble, played in the UGA Faculty Brass Quintet and was music director of the Opera/Music Theatre. He also helped establish the Athens Symphony Orchestra.

Ligotti is survived by his wife of 50 years, Arlene F. Ligotti, daughter Fran Rothman Prince of Athens, and brother Raymond Ligotti of Long Island, New York.