Dr. Jack Frederick Kilpatrick was a professor of composition and theory in the School of Music of SMU from 1946 until his untimely death in 1967.
He was of Cherokee heritage and was a scholar, musician, author, composer and teacher. Dr. Kilpatrick was my adviser for my master’s thesis until his death. As a young child I had attended a performance of “Unto These Hills” an outdoor drama presented in Cherokee, NC. Dr. Kilpatrick had envisioned the original score for this drama.
I remember a chat Dr. Kilpatrick and I had.. I suffered from seasonal allergy/hay-fever. Dr. Kilpatrick told me Cherokee children were fed local honey from the time of their birth so there was no allergy problems.
In a copy of “Friends of Thunder, Folktales of the Oklahoma Cherokees” (1964) by Dr. Kilpatrick and his wife Anna, he inscribed “To Carol Anne Schantz, who wrote some fine music in the minor key, in the hope that her whole future may be in C major.” This man indeed made a huge impression on my life.