Originally created 06/07/01

Mr. Harry Jacobs



AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest June 3, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Harry M. Jacobs, beloved husband of 62 years of Mrs. Vola OConnor Jacobs. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church at 1 p.m., Thursday (today) with the Rev. P. James Costigan, the Rev. Allen McDonald and the Rev. Andrew Doris officiating. Burial will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Additional survivors include three sons, Milton Daniel Jacobs of Atlanta, Harry Anthony Jacobs and James Benson Jacobs, both of Augusta; two daughters, Mary Jacobs Grilli of Chevy Chase, Md. and Julia Jacobs Blalock of Augusta; one brother, Theodore Jacobs of Naples, Fla.; one sister, Miriam Bederman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; fourteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. A native of Chicago, Mr. Jacobs had been a resident of Augusta since 1949. He was a a graduate of Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and Northwestern University in Chicago. He had played with symphonies in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and New Orleans as well as being a guest conductor for many international orchestras including Germany, Switzerland and Korea. Mr. Jacobs was a founder and first conductor of the Augusta Opera, served on the faculty for twenty-six years at Augusta State University where he was Chairman of the music department and Director of the Fine Arts. He was also instrumental in the planning and building of the Performing Arts Center at the college. He also founded WACG radio station at Augusta State University. He started the Augusta Symphony in 1954 and served as its conductor for thirty seven years. Mr. Jacobs was the Conductor and Music Director of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society and the Etheridge Center Chamber Orchestra in Aiken. Additionally, for seventeen years Mr. Jacobs was the director of the choir at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church where he was a member. He also was a director for the Walton Way Temple Choir. His many awards include the Georgia Governors Award for the Arts, presented to him by President Jimmy Carter, then Governor of Georgia. He also was a recipient of the Polish Association Award. In 1995, he received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of South Carolina - Aiken. Serving as pallbearers will be James Roland Jacobs, Daniel Jacobs, James Therell, Theodore OConnor, James Magarahan, Enzo Grilli, Clarence Blalock, Charles OConnor, Harry Charles Jacobs and Steve Bederman. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, 3030 Park Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904. Platts Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta. (706) 733-3636

The Augusta Chronicle-June 7, 2001