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RIPPER, Theodore W.(1935-2009)
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Theodore W. Ripper was born August 1, 1925 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania to Harry Otto and Flora Agnes (Pfaff) Ripper. He grew up in Coraopolis where he graduated from high school. Theodore attended college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and later a Master of Fine Arts degree. Theodore also worked at the University of South Dakota as the University Organist and taught at Carnegie Mellon University from 1949 to 1955.
Gladys McMillan and Theodore Ripper were married June 15, 1953 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. They moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1955 where he was the Minister of Music for Peachtree Christian Church for 10 years. In 1965 they moved to Decatur, Illinois, and Theodore worked for Millikin University and First United Methodist Church for 10 years. They relocated to Venice, Florida in 1975 where Theodore was the Director of Music for Grace United Methodist Church and in 1984 they moved to Carlsbad. Theodore was the Director of Music for 8 years at First United Methodist Church and after retirement he continued to work in Roswell as the Music Director for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Theodore was a published composer and had written works for both organ and choir. Theodore and Gladys were also extraordinary gardeners. They often grew orchids from seed and gardened a host of ornate flowers. They moved to Landsun Manor in 2008 when the garden and yard work got to be too much to handle.