Condolence & Memory Journal

Please accept my deepest and sincere sympathy on the loss of Mr. Walter Barzenick. May he join that heavenly orchestra and grace it with his technique and tone. I always think of him when I hear the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

I was a clarinet major in the mid-70's, also had him for woodwind methods, woodwind repair and clarinet ensemble. Under his mentoring, I became a band director/instrumental music teacher. It was with great pride that with his teachings, my students would place higher at auditions than other woodwind teacher's students.

Posted by Darlin Brady-Caro - Destrehan, LA - Student   October 14, 2021

A wonderful man, a great professor, and a friendly co-professor. He gave guiding advice to young students, kind assistance to fellow profs, and guiding encouragement to administration, and lasting friendship to everyone he met.

Students, faculty, and friends, will carry his kind face and memories with gratitude for the time they were fortunate to have met Walter Barzenick.

I was a better student, teacher, performer, and professor because of the years he was part of my life.

Posted by Ron Nethercutt - Clark Freeport Zone PHILIPPI - Coworker   October 14, 2021

Piper I am sorry to hear of your father's passing.

Posted by Stephanie Coleman LeDoux - Baton Rougr, LA - Acquaintance   October 13, 2021

Dear Peggy, My now deceased husband and I, Jim Duggan were music students at SLU
from 1960-1964 and remember your dear husband and you very well.

I did not know of his WWII service or other details of his long life and your
life together.

I send my sincere condolence for you and your family.
Sincerely, Judy (Duggan) Meyer.

Posted by Judy Duggan Meyer - Auburn, GA - Student   October 12, 2021

Dr. Barzenick was my clarinet professor while I was at SLU. I learned at lot from him. He was an excellent professor.

Posted by BG Meadows - School   October 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of being a student of his in the latter part of the 90’s. He had such a passion for music. His passion was infectious. Later on in my life I would see him in the local grocery store and I was able to thank him for giving me that same passion for music. My condolences to his family and friends for the loss of such a great man.

Posted by Dawn Collura - Student   October 09, 2021

Where do I begin to express my gratitude for the influence of Walter Barzenick in my life and my teaching career? I was in awe at my first clarinet lesson in the Fall of 1958. I was filled with pride to introduce him as my teacher when he was the soloist with my Fair Park band. Mr. B was responsible for the thrills that I experienced as I performed with the Shreveport Symphony and countless other musical organizations. He influenced so many aspects of my life. To this day I often stop myself to ask "How would Mr. B have handled this?"

My sincere condolences to Peggy and the family.

Posted by Jim Franklin - Natchez, MS - Student   October 09, 2021

Walter certainly lived a full life. I was one of those lucky enough to have Walter as an instructor at SLU back in the day. Please accept Peggy and my condolences.

Posted by Paul Powell - Hammond, LA - Student   October 09, 2021

I was a member of Mr. Barzenick's Woodwind Methods class in the early 1960s, a percussionist studying to become a high school band director. He had the patience of Job of course and I successfully graduated from SLC in 1962. He was a member of that great faculty of that era who helped me become that high school band director and later a college band director. My condolences to his wife and family.

Dr. Charles F. Smith, Jr.

Posted by Charles Smith - Salisbury, MD - Student   October 08, 2021

Peggy and family, I'm sorry about Walter's passing. From reading his obituary I can tell he was an amazing man. May God bring all of you comfort!

Posted by Glenn Sanchez - Ponchatoula, LA - Family Friend   October 08, 2021

Oh so sorry to hear about Mr. Walter. He was quite an interesting And Fun gentleman to be around. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Mr. Walter. We will miss him greatly . Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   October 08, 2021

our prayers are with the family at this time. so sorry for your lose

Posted by patricia gill - Other   October 08, 2021

Peggy, Piper, Jay and kids, I was saddened to hear about "Uncle Walt's" passing. I first met him in 1972 when my father brought me to SLU for private flute lessons while I was in high school. I had 4 lessons with him in total, preparing me for All-State band auditions. Then, upon attending SLU, I enjoyed woodwind class, instrument repair class, directed individual studies, and more private lessons with Uncle Walt. He was always fair, reasonable, humorous, and made class FUN. I will miss him greatly. He was one of a kind. Much love, Tren Alford, SLU '78, '80.

Posted by Tren Alford - Lake Toxaway, NC - Student   October 07, 2021

Walter was one of the most interesting and engaging of persons to interview. His life story as a young man in France is fascinating. He told it to me in a matter of fact way, adding tidbits of colorful information that painted a picture of his life as a young soldier. I often think of him when I pass a WWII bunker here in the Ardennes (in France). It is a marvel that he survived. His memories of WWII Era Paris, the hospitals, the march, explosions, were all so clear and vivid as he retold them. Many people may not know that Walter also spoke Russian. He had very little chance to use it in America, but in WWII France, although it was forbidden to speak it due to military orders, he helped translate for hospital workers who needed to care for injured Russian soldiers. Walter knew when to to the right thing. Although I did not know him well, I will never forget his joie de vivre. I can picture the images from our conversations: him as a young boy selling newspapers (like you see in the movies), him at the conservatory playing music, being selected for the military band, joining the troops in battle and later, upon his return, falling in love with his dear wife and as the father of two wonderful children (and their spouses) whom I have had the pleasure to call my friends. I am glad to have known him. I offer my sincere condolences to his loved ones. Respectfully, Alice (Lisa) Verberne

Posted by Alice (Lisa) Verberne - Bourmont, France, LA - Friend   October 07, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. He lived an admirable life.

Posted by Monica Greer - HAMMOND - Friend   October 06, 2021

Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of a long time dear friend. Oh there are so many things I could say about Mr. Walter all goodBut not enough time. To say the least he was a very interesting individual. Good memories. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   October 06, 2021