Gerre Edward Hancock

February 21, 1934January 21, 2012

Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Austin, Texas.


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Bodie Keith

March 14, 2012

Gerre was a dear friend as we grew up together at Lubbock High and Texas Tech. He faithfully played piano and organ at the First Baptist Church during that time. After those early years, I was able to see and visit with him only one time when he gave a concert at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Albuquerque. I always admired his musical ability and success. My prayers and condolences go to his family, and thanks for having such a good friend.

Christina Shrewsbury

February 27, 2012

I am so saddened to learn of the passing of this fine musician and friend. I remember admiring his work at St. Thomas Cathedral in NYC as a young adult . What an inspiration! His kindness and nurturing spirit will be missed so very much.
Our prayers are with your family.

Julian Onderdonk

February 17, 2012

I was a chorister at St. Thomas's in the middle to late 1970s and have many memories of MR. Hancock (the “Dr.” came after I left). I remember the joy we felt when we were selected to go on pizza runs with Mr. Hancock at camp. Or the similar feeling you had when you were asked to take his cup of coffee back to the kitchen for refills during rehearsals. I remember the baseball game at camp when one of the Choir School masters ran the bases for Mr. Hancock, who proceeded to run after he hit the ball anyway and fell flat on his face. Then there was the absurd story of his youthful incarceration at the Huntsville, TX reform school for stealing hubcaps—a fib that nonetheless had us all scouring the countryside looking for hubcaps (which when we found them Mr. Hancock obliging, and to all appearances proudly, placed in his office). I also remember how we waited with bated breath after each performance during church services to see if we'd get the clasped hands, a mark of approval for our singing, and how wounded we were when we didn't get it. He did have the knack of making us want to do well by him! And we DID care—about him but also, and more importantly, about the music. In my case, I cared so much that I graduated with a PhD dissertation on Vaughan Williams and now teach music history in college and carry out research on hymn tunes and choral music generally. But my story is hardly unique. Mr. Hancock inspired a love of music in many people who will forever be in his debt.

February 4, 2012

I met Gerre a few times at AGO or AAM events and have always admired him so much -- with all of his talents and humor. My sympathy goes out to Judith and his family. He will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace dear friend.
Elaine Gardner, Kenmore/Buffalo, NY

February 3, 2012

Dear Judith, Sorry I cannot get to NYC for Gerre's funeral.
Jordan Peek will represent me as will Donald McDonald. Gerre was a dear friend and wonderful musician, he will be missed by many. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughters. Sincerely, PAUL BENDER

Joanne Thorp Carlisle

January 30, 2012

This comes with great love to Judy, as I lament the death of Gerre, who set the standard for me, during our years together at Christ Church Cincinnati, of brilliant and profoundly spiritual organ music...and always with that splendid perspective of warmth and humor so characteristic of him. Joanne Thorp Carlisle, Cambridge, MA

Jan M. Evers

January 26, 2012

Gerre and Judith were our guests in Jackson, MS on several occasions. What a delight! And how fortunate to spend time with them at conventions and performances. Our moments of grief will be filled with the genius, superlative music and sounds he left and the cantoagious smile and love for all. With prayers and peace to Judith and family. Jan

Dana Marsh

January 26, 2012

This has been an immense shock to so very many people. Gerre was a father to many of us. He was the first teacher from whom I learned how to feel confidence as a 10 year old. 36 years later his support has been unwavering. This is a typical story to be told by most of his choristers. Gerre was more than a great man who did great things. He was truly a force of nature. It was most about how he made people *feel*. He made total strangers feel loved and lifted up. He could even achieve this through the playing of a hymn! I'm proud to call him my musical father and hero. We've truly lost a saint. God bless your soul forever, Uncle Gerre. The hymn playing in heaven just magnified 100 times!

George W Bang

January 26, 2012

Gerre Hancock was simply a giant, as a man, as a musician and as a teacher. We learned about music, but also about life from his example above all. His humility was so amazing, as he was brilliant far beyond the normal measure. But he wore his talent and his erudition lightly, and deflected any praise with a humorous, self-deprecating remark. Thank you, Uncle Gerre, mentor, teacher and friend. You are irreplaceable.

Mike Raymond

January 26, 2012

I was in the children's choir at Christ Church in Cincinnati, Ohio while Gerre was the choirmaster and organist there in the 1960's. He was a wonderful, giving person who elevated the entire music program at the church.