Gloria Stroud’s instrument was bought by her parents when she went to Juilliard at 17. They paid $10,000. She went on to play for US forces in the Pacific until the end of the War. Then she joined the Dallas Symphony, where she played for 42 years.
Gloria is now 90, and retired. She is putting the 1740 Guarnerius up for sale at a Chicago dealer’s for $1 million.