John R. Merrill, who inspired generations of students spanning more than three decades as chair of the music department at Gilman School, died March 28 at his Roland Park home from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 83.
“John was one of the most gifted teachers and admired human beings we had on the faculty,” said Redmond C.S. Finney, who headed Gilman School for 24 years before retiring in 1992. “He was a special person, a gifted teacher and a fine gentleman.”
Christopher Rouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally known composer, was a student of Mr. Merrill’s at Gilman, and recalled him as “a friendly person and a gentle man.”
“He was a person of...