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Clifford Alper, Towson University music history teacher, dies

Clifford Alper, Towson University music history teacher, dies

Clifford D. Alper, who taught music history and education at Towson University and was a devoted fan of opera, died of gastrointestinal and heart disease Feb. 27 at Seasons Hospice at Sinai Hospital. He was 87 and lived in Pikesville.

Born in New York City, he was the son of Sam Alper, who manufactured dresses, and his wife, Eva “Eve” Siegel, who became a secretary for a City Council member. His family moved to Miami, where he met his future wife, Ruth Hagen, at Miami Beach High School. They dated as students at the University of Miami, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree.

He joined the Air Force during the Korean War and served in a clerical...

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