Published on January 13, 2010 by Sean Flynt  
Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-09-17

The Samford community is mourning the death of professor emeritus of music and university organist H. Edward Tibbs.


"We are missing our colleague, teacher, and friend Dr. Ted Tibbs this week," said School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins. "He was a leader whose devotion to artistry through performance, history, and worship challenged all of us to reach higher. His influence as a teacher is exponential; his legacy is found in countless lives who represent the best in music, service, and faith".  


 Tibbs, who joined Samford's faculty in 1959, was honored at Samford's Beeson Divinity School Aug. 31 for his devotion and influence as an educator, which Hopkins said "is exponential". "His legacy is found in countless lives who represent the best in music, service, and faith".  


 In addition to his teaching and performances, Tibbs also designed more than 50 pipe organs in the South, including the 22-stop Letourneau pipe organ in Samford's Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.


A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.