A Turtle’s Tribute:
In his own words:
Who: Gene Dolphus
Current age: 40
Age when you joined the Chorale: 28
Occupation: Medical underwriter
First time you sang with the Chorale: August 1992
First Song you learned: A very difficult song in Hebrew that I thought I
would never learn — “Chichester Psalms.” Dr. Seelig wanted us to do it from
memory and I thought there’s now way. But I stuck with it and grew to enjoy
How did you spend Thanksgiving in 1980? With my grandparents in
What was a typical gift you gave to a family member in 1980? I was a sophomore in high school, so the best figt would have been jewelry that I
gave to my mother.
What’s on your wish list this year? To be accepted for who I am.
Best gift you received in 1980: A pair of Calvin Klein jeans, from my lover.
What do you want to receive this year: I’ve really never asked for anything. I would ask that we, as a family and as individuals, continue to support our brothers and sisters that are less fortunate.
Favorite modern Christmas carol: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Most welcome change at the Chorale over the years: Having our holiday
performances broadcast on Channel 8.
Fondest memory with the Chorale: During our annual retreat at Lake Texoma, we gather outside and watch a firework display set to a TCC
recording to honor and remember members no longer with us.
Gene Dolphus passed away earlier this evening after a long and courageous battle with cancer. No details are known at this time but we will inform you as soon as they are. Gene was a former Chorale president and board member and also served on the GALA board for many years. He has been a BRAVE fighter for a long time. He will be sorely missed. Godspeed to Gene, his family and many friends.