Alberta Grace (Glasgow) Alcorn

September 17, 2009

SEPT. 5, 1925-SEPT. 16, 2009

Alberta Grace (Glasgow) Alcorn, longtime Washington County music teacher, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, Hagerstown, Md. She had been in failing health for more than three years.

Born Sept. 5, 1925, in Huntingdon, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George Robert Glasgow and Anna Grace (McElwee) Glasgow Fox. She was united in marriage with Alfred Cloyd Alcorn on Sept. 5, 1947, at the Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon, Pa., by the Rev. Dr. Tobias F. Henry. Mr. Alcorn preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 1993.

Surviving are a brother, Henry M. Glasgow of Cary, N.C.; her son-in-law, James Woeppel of New Albany, Ind.; four cousins, Helen F. Hood and John E. Fox, both of Florida, Harry O. Fox Jr., Greensburg, Pa., and Marian Sue McElwee, Huntingdon, Pa.; and many close friends, especially in the Hagerstown area.


In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Alcorn was preceded in death by her only child, Karen Marie (Alcorn) Woeppel, on Dec. 7, 2003, and grandson, Adam Woeppel, in June 2007.

Mrs. Alcorn was educated in the Huntingdon, Pa., public schools, received a B.S. in music education from Juniata College (1947) and a master's degree from the University of Maryland. While in college, she began her career as a church organist at Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon, then continued as organist at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren for 28 years, from 1947 to 1975.

In the fall of 1947, Mrs. Alcorn began her teaching career at Boonsboro High School, then went to Washington Street Junior High School. After taking time off to rear her daughter, Mrs. Alcorn returned to teaching choral music, first at Woodland Way Junior High School, then at North Potomac Junior High School. While at North Potomac Junior High, she was noted for and showcased her choruses in many fine musical performances, including productions of Annie, The Roaring Twenties, Scrooge - A Christmas Carol and 1776. When that school closed in 1980, she transferred to Northern Middle School, from which she retired in 1991, after 39 years as a music teacher in Washington County.

Mrs. Alcorn was also vitally involved in the musical life of the greater Hagerstown community. She was a charter member of the Hagerstown Community Concert Association Inc., at its inception in 1959, and served many years both on its Board of Directors and as president. She was a founding member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Symphony Guild.

Mrs. Alcorn was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown, sang in the Parish Choir, was a member of the Altar Guild and served as a lector. She was also a life member of the Hagerstown Branch, American Association of University Women, and a member of Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Washington County Retired Teacher's Association, Maryland State Retired Teacher's Association and a former member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and Maryland Music Educators Association, as well as numerous other professional associations. She also held membership in Morris Frock Post 42, American Legion, Hagerstown.

A celebration of Mrs. Alcorn's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Anjel Scarborough officiating. Friends will be received in the church's Trimble Hall following the service. Private interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Alcorn's name to St. John's Episcopal Church, Music Fund, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at

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