Obituaries

Posted March 22, 2007

Robert Prince

Robert (Bob) Prince died at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif., on March 4 after a brief illness. He was born on May 10, 1929. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to wife Arline Bleier Prince; loving father to Diane Prince of Chico, Calif., and William Prince of Berkeley, Calif.; grandfather to Jenny Wren, Asher, and Benjamin, and great grandfather of Max Edgar.

Bob was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Julliard, where he studied with Saul Goodman and Robert Ward. He was a prolific producer, composer, and arranger, collaborating with Aram Avakian at Decca and Columbia Records. Early successes were "What's New" and "Saxes Inc." and record hits with Johnny Mathis and Paul Desmond. Bob's career advanced with the international success of his score for Jerome Robbins' "Ballet USA Opus Jazz," which was recently revived to the regular repertoire of the New York City Ballet. Jerome Robbins and Bob Prince continued to work on and off Broadway together and built an endearing friendship.

Moving his family to Los Angeles, Bob composed scores for all the major studios for both feature films and television. As a regular on the Universal lot, producers and musicians on his recording dates would routinely thank him for writing particular cues, for they knew that while Bob not only wrote intellectually challenging scores for the screenplay, he also captured the soloist's musical personalities and styles in his scores. His theater work continued in Los Angeles with commissions by the Center Theater Group at the Ahmanson Theater.

Wherever Bob's career traveled, he always picked up bass players as lifelong friends. His love for their artistry lasted his lifetime, and his affection for Milt Hinton, George Duvivier, and Ray Brown deserves mention here.

Bob spent the past 24 springs and summers in Chilmark, where he was loved by his neighbors and tennis partners. Challenging players 20 years his junior, Bob was always a true gentlemen on and off the court.

Letter of condolences and wishes can be sent to: wmlprince@yahoo.com

Raymond L. Gasnick

Raymond L. Gasnick of Edgartown and Newton died on March 15. Born in Omaha, Neb., he was a graduate of Creighton University and a veteran of Korean War, serving in the United States Air Force.

Ever optimistic but perennially frustrated by "the big one" that got away. He loved Martha's Vineyard.

He leaves his wife, Margaret "Maggie" (Chapman); three children, Molly Gasnick Moncreiff of Newton, Daniel Gasnick of Brighton, and Sheila Gasnick of Newton; a brother, Joseph Gasnick of Omaha, Neb.; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Colette Moncreiff. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was held on March 19 at Our Lady of Help of Christians Church, Newton. Interment was private.

Memorial donations in Raymond's name would be appreciated and may be made to: Sojourner House Inc, 85 Rockland St, Roxbury, MA 02119 or to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.