|Five-Week Summer Performance Program teacher T Lavitz (wearing glasses) pictured with students of Berklee's Summer Rock Workshop in 2009|
William Edward Chandler '84 of Bainbridge, IN, passed away on December 24, 2010, after a prolonged battle with leukemia. He was 48. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee and was the college's only tuba major in 1983. Members of his family and friends are assisting in completing his final CD Still Around. He is survived by his wife Carla Hurst-Chandler; sons James; Lennon; grandsons Preston; Brenden; granddaughters Kaylee Lynn and Hanna.
Eddie Horst '85 of Atlanta, GA, died on November 12. He was 58. Horst was a celebrated composer and producer of music for film, TV, recording artists, video games, and more. Throughout his remarkable career, Eddie won many industry awards including the Emmy, Clio, BDA, and Promax. In September 2005 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His credits include Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Fatwa, FDR at the White House, arrangements for Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, the Bravery, Leona Lewis, R.E.M., Monica, Pearl Jam, Train and many more. He scored the music for two seasons of the TV show In the Heat of the Night and documentaries such as CNN's 9/11 Specials, The War in Iraq, and Infidelity. He is survived by his wife, Patti, and two children.
William Wrather Keshishian '80 of Gallatin Gateway, MT, passed away on December 4 after a battle with thyroid cancer. He was 56. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, MD, Keshishian studied jazz saxophone at Berklee. He worked as a builder and was the founder of Elephant Builders. His work took him to Kenya, and he also traveled for vacations with his family to Egypt, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the United States. During the 1980s, Keshishian dedicated himself to restoring the Gallatin Gateway Inn to grandeur, and the site is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Hotels of America. Keshishian is survived by his wife, Moira Haggerty Keshishian; sons Liam and Sam; his father, Dr. John Keshishian; three sisters; and a brother.
Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program teacher Terry "T" Lavitz of Woburn, MA, passed away unexpectedly on October 7. Lavitz served as the artistic director of Berklee's Summer Rock Workshop and was an influential keyboard player. Lavitz joined the six-time Grammy-nominated Dixie Dregs in 1978 and played with the group until it disbanded in 1983. Lavitz appeared with the Dregs in later years for several reunion tours. The readers of Keyboard magazine named Lavitz best new talent in 1981, and in 1992 named him jazz keyboardist of the year. Lavitz released eight albums as a leader, primarily featuring his own compositions. He was also a founding member of Jazz Is Dead, an instrumental exploration of music of the Grateful Dead. During his illustrious career, he performed around the world with Widespread Panic, Mother's Finest, Jefferson Starship, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, and many others. He leaves his wife Cheryl.