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Robert Marsh Gladstone

Died: Saturday, November 09, 2002
City of Grosse Pointe resident Robert Marsh Gladstone passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Gladstone grew up in the Bronx and graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York.

At the age of 17 he became a member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.

He later joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

In 1955, Mr. Gladstone became a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where he played until his appointment in 1966 as principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until his death.

Mr. Gladstone was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 of New York and Local 5 of Detroit.

He was also a member of the International Society of Bassists, the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Grosse Pointe Jewish Council.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; his daughters, Claudia (Gary) Kohlman, Sarah (Jeffrey) Cohen, Elizabeth (Alexander) Kolar; his son, J. Alexander Dillon; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to the International Society of Bassists, 13140 Coit Road, Suite 320, L.B. 120, Dallas, TX 75240-5737; The Par Fund c/o University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0759 or to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Attention: Kathleen Hardy, The Cancer Counseling & Complimentary Treatment Program, The Weisberg Center, 31995 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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