I am deeply saddened by the passing of L. Wayne Batty, VCU Music professor emeritus. Wayne made so many lasting contributions to the university, community, and beyond. A 1999 recipient of the Presidential Medallion, Wayne served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1959-1970. He retired VCU in 2007 after 58 years as an educator. His dedication to the performing arts apparent, he was named the cultural laureate of Virginia in 1988.
Wayne influenced generations of performers. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving faculty member at VCU and the longest-serving employee in the Commonwealth. While at VCU, he founded the opera program, served as a mentor to many aspiring musicians, and conducted numerous choral ensembles. Because of his leadership and dedication to the arts, graduates of his opera program perform on the world stage.
With heavy heart, I extend my sympathies to his wife, Jane, his family, friends, and the performing arts community.