Department of Music mourns loss of honorary alumnus

Dear friends:

I write to pass on the sad news that Michel Huglo, recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from this University under sponsorship by the Department of Music, died this past weekend. Following is the obituary posted on the AMS list by Anne Robertson as President of the Society:

I write with a heavy heart to tell you that Michel Huglo died in Maryland on Sunday, May 13. He was a Corresponding Member of the AMS; Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Maryland, Emeritus Directeur de recherche at the CNRS in Paris, Honorary Member of the International Musicological Society, Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America; and Doctor honoris causa of the University of Chicago.

Others will recount Michel's stunning accomplishments as a scholar of early music in the coming weeks and months. For now, I will simply say that he was the most generous, and yet thoroughly humble, person I've ever known--a role model for us all. He trained several generations of his own students in Paris and elsewhere and served as an unstinting mentor to scores of foreign tyros, myself included, who came to research in libraries in France. I shall miss him de profundis.

Now we reach out to Michel's wife, our cherished colleague Barbara Haggh-Huglo, at this time of incalculable loss for her. She was Michel's perfect mate, collaborator, and, most of all, la bien aimèe. Barbara tells me that Michel and she had just attended a chant concert in his honor at the University of Maryland, along with Laura Youens, Richard Wexler, and students from the University of Maryland, when he was suddenly stricken with what was most likely a massive stroke. She continues, "Michel had a very full life. Just this year he heard the Vienna Philharmonic live, we were able to spend Holy Week in the Holy Land, and he heard the fine concerts in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for the Argento Festival and Mahler 2, and we discovered Brookside gardens

We can take comfort knowing that Michel left us while in the company of the people he loved, doing what he loved.

Please join me in mourning the loss of Michel Huglo, remembering his work and life and his special place in our Department, and conveying our deepest sympathies to Barbara Haggh-Huglo.

Yours truly,