James Althouse, EASD teacher, band director, dies

By on September 26, 2012



James A. Althouse

James A. Althouse, 69, of Ephrata, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 in Lancaster General Hospital.

He was born in Lancaster, a son of the late John A. and Ella S. (Eshelman) Althouse.

Jim was a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church. He graduated in 1961 from Cocalico High School; 1965 in music education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville; and received his master’s degree in music education in 1971 from Penn State University. He taught music with Ephrata School District from 1965 to 1981, where he was band director of the Purple Pride marching band and founded Pageantry in Motion, a regional marching band competition. He taught in Cumberland Regional High School, Seabrook, N.J., from 1981 to 1996; was president of the Mid-Atlantic Band Judges, served as a judge from 1970 to 2007; and was instrumental with Cavalcade of Bands. Jim also founded and directed the Adamstown Community Band, Ephrata Recreation Center Band and Hexton Band and was the former chairman of the Miss Lancaster County Pageant.

He is survived by a brother: Richard L., husband of Linda Spotts Althouse, and niece: Amy, wife of Robert III Mellinger, all of Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by his companion: Gail Usner.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Oct. 3 from Grace. Evangelical Congregational Church, 131 Terrace Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522, with his former student, The Rev. Jeffrey L. Martin, officiating. Private inurnment took place in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to be handling Jim’s final tribute. For more information, visit goodfuneral.com. More ALTHOUSE, page A19

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