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Director of Jazz Studies at Lawrence University passes away

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APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Lawrence University is reporting the passing of long-time Jazz Studies director Fred Sturm.

According to a news release, Sturm died on Sunday at his De Pere home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 63.

Sturm graduated from Lawrence in 1973 and returned to teach at the private university in Appleton.

He enjoyed a 37-year teaching career, including 26 years as director of jazz studies and improvisational music at Lawrence.

Sturm earned a 1997 Grammy Award nomination and was awarded the 2003 ASCAP/IAJE Commission in Honor of Quincy Jones, a prize granted annually to one jazz composer of international prominence.

Lawrence University will host a public memorial celebrating Sturm's life at a later date.

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