Society members were musing on the appropriate wording for a tribute to our late friend, and long-time CEO of the NVRS, Warren Trachtman … until a charming, moving tribute landed in the society’s inbox, from Canada …
Dear friends !
Living far away in northern Canada, we were delighted to have the gift of Warren Trachtman’s website and it gave me untold hours of joy and an escape into a magical world of pure piano music, the history of the demo players, composers, and so much more. It is a great loss to many around the world who chanced upon this site and a testament to its far reaching influence that whenever I discuss Ragtime I hear the words ” There is this incredible website by some guy in the States Warren Trachtman or something. I will email it to you!” I have heard these words across Canada and in the UK.
Let me know how I can help preserve the wonderful work your friend did, and keep the website going, even if it is only a donation, given my distance from you.
All the best to you ! Luke Kurata
WARREN STUART TRACHTMAN
Died March 31, 2017. Beloved son of Charlotte (Kalb); predeceased by his father Melvin; loving brother to sister Marjorie, brother Mark, sister in-law Sherry and adored uncle of niece Nora Croll and husband Seth. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as a loyal and caring group of boyhood friends. He was loved and respected by his business associates and co-workers. Warren graduated Central High School in Philadelphia and went on to receive his master’s degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. He was an active member of the Norther Virginia Ragtime Society. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. No formal funeral services. The family suggests that contributions can be made in Warren’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 9, 2017