Edith Lovell Thomas

THOMAS, Edith Lovell. b. Eastford, Connecticut, 11 September 1878; d. Claremont, California, 17 March 1970.  Distinguished editor of age-level hymnody and hymnals, teacher, and pioneer of church music education, Thomas introduced a generation of musicians and teachers, including this present writer, to the vast potential of music and the other arts in children’s Christian education and worship.  Thomas was one of seven surviving children born of the marriage of James Sewall Thomas (1831-1917), a Methodist minister, and Eunice Thomas (née Drake, 1839-1904). She recalls her family ‘had daily Bible reading, praying, and singing great church hymns, memorized by constant use. Father read aloud...

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