Composer George Walker, 96, trailblazer and Pulitzer winner with deep Philadelphia ties

He earned degrees from Curtis, Oberlin and Eastman, was a Fulbright fellow, and studied with famed pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. He was the second African American to graduate from Curtis, in 1945 (another pianist, Russell Johnson, graduated in 1928), and was the first African American to receive a doctorate from Eastman, in 1956, a spokesperson for that school said. He taught widely over the decades, at Peabody, Rutgers, the University of Delaware and Smith College.

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