Bernard Charles Lemoine

March 7, 1929January 19, 2013

Dr. Bernard Charles Lemoine, 83, Professor Emeritus at the University of Mary Washington, passed away peacefully at his Fredericksburg home on Saturday, January 19, 2013. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Suzanne DeLaney Lemoine and his parents Bernard Joseph and Mildred Cardinal Lemoine. He is survived by his children Lisa Cardinal Lemoine (Jeffrey Treul) of Milwaukee, WI and Michael Charles Lemoine of Stafford, VA; brothers Donald Edward Lemoine (Sandra) of West Springfield, MA, Lawrence Arthur Lemoine (Diane) of Springfield, MA and Robert Joseph Lemoine (Elizabeth) of Spokane, WA; grandchildren Sydni DeLaney Lemoine, Griffin Oliver Treul and Iris Mathilda Treul, and numerous nieces and nephews. A native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Lemoine began studying piano at the age of six. He played with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and studied at The School of Juliard in 1948. He served two years in the United States Army. He earned degrees from Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music (B.M.), the University of Illinois (M.M. in piano performance) and The Catholic University of America (Ph.D. in music theory). He served on the faculties of the University of Illinois, Lawrence University and the University of Georgia before coming to the University of Mary Washington in 1965, where he was a Professor of Music for 36 years, retiring in 2001. Dr. Lemoine taught piano and theory, focusing mainly on the 18th and 19th centuries, the period of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. As a studio teacher, he instilled in students an appreciation for the Russian pianists, notably Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. In his final years at UMW, Dr. Lemoine also taught larger classes of music appreciation which he imbued with his own passion for music. Since his retirement, Dr. Lemoine enjoyed woodworking, crossword puzzles and walking. His sense of humor and appreciation of life's simplicities were ever-present. He will be greatly missed by many. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7p.m. Thursday, January 24 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, where funeral services will also be held at 11a.m. Friday, January 25. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aurelia B. Walford and Henry & Grace Spicer Scholarship fund through the University of Mary Washington 540-654-1024 or the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-373-9021. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 25, 2013

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Kathy (Park) Stansbery

January 30, 2013

I was saddened to hear that Dr. Lemoine had passed away. He was my piano teacher for the four years I attended Mary Washington College. (Class of '74) He was always patient with me as his student, even when it took me forever to learn that Bartok Piano Sonata! His Counterpoint class was as early in the morning as allowed at MWC, and I was continually nodding off and valiantly trying to keep my eyes open! In his funny, wry way, I remember him saying, "Kathy used to fall asleep on me, but now she's making faces at me!" I never lived that one down! Although I hadn't seen or communicated with him for several years, I will miss him.

Mark Torgeson

January 25, 2013

Dr. Lemoine has been my greatest inspiration as a musical mentor, creating, through his passion and great love of the classical tradition, a profound regard and foundation for my own foray into composition and piano performance. His childlike enthusiasm for music always shined through his stately composure and dry humor; one always acknowledged the importance of tradition through him in its ability to refine and strengthen artistry. I am certain he will be joking with cherubims and performing with the muses. - Graduate piano & theory student of Mary Washington College

Candice Slaughter

January 25, 2013

Michael, I am sending my condolences to you and your family. I remember both of your parents and I know that they would be so proud of you right now. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. Let love and faithfulness never leave you......Proverbs 3:3
Pvt. Bailey Slaughter and Candice A. Slaughter.

C. Lynn Lenahan

January 24, 2013

I am a former music major from then MWC (in the 80s) Bernie (Dr. Lemoine) taught many classes in which I was enrolled. There are people that really stand out in ones life and he is one of them. Years after graduating, he and I would catch up at least once a year with lunch. I had a mother with Alzheimers (very young). Bernie had Suzanne who was struggling with her own decline. I understood his sadness and we would often share information in an effort to lend support. His eyes just DANCED when he would speak of Suzanne. His children and grandchildren were obviously the light of his life! He seemed to always find wonder in creativity, be it in music, beautiful landscape and art or the wonder of a child's mind. My life has been enriched for knowing Bernie. I will continue to think of him often. What an amazingly unique and intriguing person! He will be missed.

Sharon Shelton

January 22, 2013

I am so sorry for not having the pleasure of getting to know you BUT I know your son and to have raised a man as sweet, kind, caring and a loyal friend as he is! You had to have been a wonderful person and father! all my love to the family!

Tom Stanley

January 22, 2013

What a great man and father. You were always so good to Mike's friends, even with all the trouble we caused. I have many fun , fond memories of you to carry on. Tom Stanley

Robert Mann

January 22, 2013

I am going to miss our lunch trips to the Cafeteria at MWC, You were a great husband and father to two wonderful children. You will be missed.