Samford Mourns H. Edward Tibbs (UPDATED)

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.



ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.