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Ross Kellan statement, link to obituary, memorial gathering info
From the Glenbard East Music Department:

It is with great sorrow that we must acknowledge the passing of our friend and colleague, Ross Kellan. There are no words which can fully express the sorrow we feel, nor which can describe the depth of this loss.  The world of music education is now without one of its most stellar examples, and countless students and colleagues who were privileged to feel the power of his influence and example now mourn with us at this time.  We can only offer our most fervent prayers and deepest condolences to his family, especially to his wife, Jeri, and his daughter, Erin.  And finally, in the midst of this sorrow, let us be thankful for Ross, a life well lived, a teaching career without equal, and a friendship which we will eternally cherish in our hearts.  May he rest in peace.

Mr. Kellan was a graduate of Glenbard East High School and later became the Director of Bands & Music Department Chair, serving the district for 34 years.  He retired from Glenbard East in 2005, and the Music Wing was dedicated in his name in 2012.  Following his retirement from East, he continued serving the profession as Music Education Chair and Professor at Elmhurst College.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Brust Funeral Home in Lombard. The obituary is at


Brandon L. Catt
Director of Choirs
Fine Arts Department Chair
Glenbard East High School
Illinois ACDA Membership Co-Chair
ILMEA District IX Choir Assistant Representative
p:  630.424.6750
t:   @GEfinearts