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Radio Host Bequeaths Rare Gifts to VCU Libraries

Radio Host Bequeaths Rare Gifts to VCU Libraries

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Antonia F.D. Vassar (B.A.'05/A), like so many music lovers, accepted Grete Dollitz's weekly radio invitation to join her in the exploration, learning and appreciation of all things guitar.

Dollitz's radio show, "An Hour with the Guitar," was one of the longest-running, locally produced weekly public radio shows in the country. The show, which aired on WCVE-FM in Richmond and many other public stations nationally, began in 1988 and continued until Dollitz's retirement in 2012. She died in May 2013.

To preserve her love of music, especially the guitar, Dollitz bequeathed to the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries a collection of rare guitar CD recordings, sheet music, her entire collection of WCVE-FM radio programs and at least 1,000 LPs, including an album autographed by classical guitarist Andrés Segovia.

When Vassar, a noted local musician and assistant director for annual giving and donor stewardship at VCU Libraries, learned of the gift, she instantly knew it was significant.

"I'd known of Grete for a long time, so I knew it was going to be a wonderful addition to our collection," she said. "Sheet music for instruments and voice and recordings are all helpful when a student is trying to develop his own technique. Students depend on them."

published January 2014

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