Music professor, 40, dies of wasp sting

Music professor, 40, dies of wasp sting


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2015

An allergic reaction to a wasp sting is believed to have caused the death of Kelly Thomas, professor of music at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The tragedy was announced on Facebook by the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, where Kelly previously taught before moving to his wife’s home state. He was the founding tuba player for the Original Wildcat Jass Band and was recently elected vice-president of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

Kelly leaves four young children. A memorial fund has been set up for the family here.


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