Rollie E. Blondeau
Passed away on May 3, 2019
Dr. Rollie Earl Blondeau was born on March 19, 1935 in Brenham, Texas, as the only child of Evelyn and Earl Blondeau. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1953 and then from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1957. During his time at Trinity he met a fellow music student named Colleen Henderson. After marrying in 1957, Rollie and Colleen began a life-long journey together filled with raising two daughters, Carrie and Elisse, and nurturing their shared passion for teaching and performing music.
He earned his Masters in music from Yale University in 1960 and his Doctorate in music from the University of Iowa in 1976. He was an Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State University from 1968-1971. Rollie and his family returned to Texas in 1971 after he was hired to be the head of the voice department at Abilene Christian University. Colleen was also a Voice Professor at ACU, and together the two influenced the lives of countless music students.
After he and Colleen retired from ACU in 1984, Rollie’s music career focused on church music. He sang in the choir at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, and led choirs at Alamo Heights Christian Church in San Antonio and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. During his final years in Georgetown, he shared his gift of music singing in the San Gabriel Chorale and the San Gabriel Presbyterian choir, as well as playing in their bell choir.
Rollie loved many things in life, most of all Colleen, his daughters and their husbands Kerry and Raymond, his four grandchildren Katie, Allison, Emily, and Ben, his great-grandson Kieran, and many other friends and family members. His impressive tenor voice captivated any audience, and he composed and arranged a remarkable amount of music. Rollie enjoyed cooking, reading, hunting, writing, and listening to music by the great composers. He was fond of sharing stories from his eventful life and told them with great enthusiasm to anyone he happened to encounter.
Those whom Rollie leaves behind will greatly miss him, but they take comfort in the knowledge that he and his beloved Colleen are together once again.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Rollie's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at San Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be to: San Gabriel Presbyterian Church Bell Choir. If you wish to make an online donation, visit www.sgpcgeorgetown.org/give and write "Rollie Blondeau" in the notes section.
- A Memorial Sevice to Celebrate Rollie' s Life Saturday, May 18, 2019
Rollie E. Blondeau
M. L. Daniels
May 11, 2019
As head of the music department, I hired Rollie and Colleen to teach at Abilene Christian University. He had an outstanding ear for directing choirs, always hearing what needed correcting. He and Colleen had great voices, and sang for many occasions. He will be missed. -Dr. M. L. Daniels
May 8, 2019
We loved your Rollie. He was so kind to the worshippers of the Contemporary Service at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, even sharing guitar playing with us. My young adult daughter, when she was a little girl, drew him a picture EVERY Sunday and took it up to him! (Eleanor later saw him at Southwestern University when she attended there.) He sang The Lord’s Prayer for my dad’s funeral; dad died at only age 64. Prayers of peace for you!
May 6, 2019
A true gentleman.Extremely talented willing to share with others his musical knowledge. His memory and talent will live on in his daughter, Elisse and granddaughter Katie.
My condolences to the family.
May 6, 2019
Rollie (and Colleen) "team taught" my voice lessons at ACU. They changed my life, there's no other way to put it.
They didn't just teach me voice ~ though they taught me well in this area! They gave me lessons in life that have gone with me through life (I'm now 66.) and I will always cherish the short time I spent in their presence.
I know Rollie is now with Colleen, and they are singing heavenly duets together once again!
The world is a bit dimmer without the presence of Rollie Blondeau.