Charles Thomas Eagle Jr.

November 14, 1932October 27, 2020
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Charles Thomas Eagle, Jr, 87, passed away after a brief illness on Oct. 27 in Plano, TX. He was born to Charles T. Eagle Sr. and Helen Rice Eagle on Nov. 14, 1932, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His family moved to Beaumont where he graduated as salutatorian from South Park High School in 1950. There he met and fell in love with Patsy Robertson and they married on Aug. 28, 1954. Charles attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1955 and a Master of Music degree in 1956. He and his family moved from Austin to Midland, TX, where Charles was band director at the local junior high school.

Charles and family then moved to Wichita Falls, TX, where Charles was a successful field sales rep for A.H. Robbins pharmaceutical company.

They then moved to Lawrence, KS, where Charles re-entered academic life and completed his Ph.D. in Music Therapy at the Univ of Kansas in 1971. He then started the music therapy program at the University of Miami, and then on to Denton, TX, to teach music therapy at TWU. He then moved to SMU to start the music therapy program and served as head of that department and assumed other leadership positions in the Music Division. Charles retired from SMU as Professor Emeritus in 1995.

Throughout his life, Charles enjoyed playing in jazz groups as an accomplished saxophone player. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason, and was active in that organization earlier in his life.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Patsy Robertson Eagle; four children and their families: Louise Eagle and her daughters Georganne Taylor, Emily Taylor and Alana Taylor; Tom and Catherine Eagle and their children Alexander Eagle, Anna Eagle, and Harrison Eagle; Tim and Terri Eagle and their children Krysta and Neal Buchanan, and James and Emily Eagle with their daughters Ashlynn and Courtney; Todd and Parmis Eagle and their children Ariana Eagle and Adrian Eagle. He is also survived by his sister Evelyn Eagle and her daughter Rachel Scott.


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 2, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020


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Ann Miller

December 14, 2020

Charles Eagle was a wonderful scholar, musician, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. I will always have fond memories of our years teaching Music Therapy together at SMU. May his memory be a blessing. My prayers for Patsy and their family.

Mary-alayne (Lott) Hughes

November 28, 2020

My thoughts and heart are with Charles’s family at this sad time. He was my advisor at TWU (1971-75; Denton TX). I will remember him as a thoughtful teacher and mentor. He encouraged me to continue my education and I felt his influence when I eventually received my Ph.D in special education in 1992. I also got to know the family and will treasure the times I spent with them. His son Tom won’t remember this but I was his piano accompanist for one of his band solo contests, and I was able to attend Louise’s wedding in Austin, TX. Peace be with you Charles.

Barbara Wheeler

November 8, 2020

I am sorry to hear of Charles' death. Charles was an important figure in music therapy and influence on my music therapy life. Communication from him was a key point in the introductory chapter of all three editions of a book that I edited, Music Therapy Research, in which I wrote: "'Many years ago, Charles Eagle used the word to remind us that we must re-search—embark again and again on a journey of discovery and exploration (Charles T. Eagle, personal communication, June, 1982)'" (from the third edition). My most intense contact with him was many years ago, at a symposium in 1978 in Herdecke, Germany. I am attaching a picture from there of Charles with two other important music therapists, Clive and Carol Robbins, and me. He has left such a legacy.

Amanda Richards

November 5, 2020

Charles Eagle was my advisor, many, many, MANY years ago at Southern Methodist University. I am grateful to him because of the rigor, the humor, and the compassion he modeled for us, his students.

Years after graduating from SMU I completed graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. I am lucky to teach in higher education and I often think of Dr. Eagle when developing a new class, when I interact with students, and when I work with clinical supervisees. I am especially mindful of his influence when teaching research methods and supervisor master's projects! He was, and continues to be, an influential person in my professional development.

Peace and comfort to all his family and friends.

Karen Goodman

November 3, 2020

Dear Family,
I was sad to hear that Charles passed away. I have fond memories of talking to him at some of the early NAMT conferences that i attended, I always appreciated his out of the box thinking and wonderful scholarship. He was a true pioneer in the field of music therapy.
Warmest wishes,
Karen Goodman
Professor Emerita
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

Noreen Ford

November 2, 2020

Dearest Pat and family .
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles . Even though I never met him , I just know he must of been a very nice man because he married you . I know that you will be lonely and sad for the days to come . Just know your Red Hat friends and Happy Hatter ladies are hear for you . Your such a sweet lady . My heart and prayers are with you at this time ..
take care, Love you
Noreen Ford ❤️❤️🙏🙏

Rachel Scott

November 2, 2020

My Uncle Charles was a great man. I have so many memories of when I was little and him and the family came to Asheville NC every summer. I will always cherish those memories. I will miss him dearly.
Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love to all.
The photo is me, my mother (his lil sis) Evelyn Eagle, my grandmother (his mother) Helen Eagle.