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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express their sincerest condolences to the family and friends
 4    of  Jeffrey Paul Radford, minister of music at Trinity United
 5    Church of Christ in Chicago, who passed away  on  August  12,
 6    2002; and

 7        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Radford,  a South Side resident, began his
 8    music ministry at Trinity in October 1972; he  was  described
 9    as  the "right arm" of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Trinity's
10    pastor, in leading the membership from fewer than 100  people
11    in  1972  to  8,000 today, the largest congregation among the
12    6,000 churches in the United Church of Christ; at his  death,
13    Trinity's seven choirs included 950 singers; and

14        WHEREAS, Mr. Radford's musical genius extended far beyond
15    the  walls  of  Trinity  United  Church of Christ; within the
16    United Church,  he  taught  courses  at  Chicago  Theological
17    Seminary,  led  workshops  all  around the country, and was a
18    featured  organist  and  choir  director  for  many  national
19    events; his  work  with  the  James  Cleveland  Gospel  Music
20    Workshop  of America, the Thomas Dorsey Music convention, and
21    his international fame led to him to be invited to bring  the
22    Sanctuary   Choir  and  the  Women's  Chorus  of  Trinity  to
23    Switzerland on three occasions; and

24        WHEREAS, Mr. Radford led a delegation of African-American
25    musicians to Cuba to teach gospel music  to  the  Afro-Cubans
26    and to show the Cuban Church how the African-American musical
27    tradition had breathed life into the African-American Church;
28    he  also  traveled with selected choir members to Puerto Rico
29    to  represent  the  United  States  at   a   national   youth
30    conference; and

31        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Radford  was influential in developing two
32    hymnals within the past decade, "The New  Century  Hymnal  of
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 1    the  United  Church  of  Christ"  and  the  "African-American
 2    Hymnal";  in  September,  Mr.  Radford  was  scheduled  to be
 3    awarded the degree of doctor of arts from Chicago Theological
 4    Seminary; he will receive it posthumously; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Radford is survived by two brothers, William
 6    M. Radford and  Rollo  A.  Radford;  and  a  nephew,  Calvin;
 7    therefore, be it

 9    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
10    all  who  knew  him,  the  death  of  Jeffrey Paul Radford of
11    Chicago; and be it further

12        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
13    presented  to  the  family  of  Jeffrey Paul Radford with our
14    sincere condolences.

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