Porgy and Bess (movie)

Joseph S. Eubanks

Joseph S. Eubanks

Joseph S. Eubanks, a noted bass-baritone and Morgan State University music professor who performed with the first American company of "Porgy and Bess," which toured the world in the 1950s, died May 16 of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The Morgan Park resident was 88.

"Joe's voice was an outstanding instrument. It was to die for, and whenever he sang, you knew it was Joe. It was very distinctive," said Betty M. Ridgeway, a retired Morgan State University voice teacher who teaches part-time at Goucher College.

"He loved what he did and was very well-liked by his students. He was always interested in opera and promoting it,"...