Henry Steele Commager Memorial Service

Order of Service

Remembering Henry

Henry Steele Commager died March 2, 1998, he was 95. His obituary and selected contents of his Memorial Service are here.

The Memorial Service for Henry Steele Commager took place on May 9, 1998 at the Johnson Chapel at Amherst College, in Amherst Massachusetts. Below is the order in which the service was conducted.

"For he knew that the secret of happiness was freedom and the secret of freedom a brave heart; and he did not stand idly aside from the onset of the enemy." - Thucydides, Funeral oration of Pericles

"But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity..." - Psalm 26


St. Anthony Chorale
Composed by Franz Josef Haydn

Adagio (KV356)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Adagio (Suite for Mechanical Organ)
Composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Bist du bei mir (BWV 508)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

Komm süsser Tod (BWV 478)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 636)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach


Remarks by Tom Gerety


Milton Cantor

Calvin H. Plimpton

Wyatt R. Haskell

Musical Interlude

Ich ruf zu dir (BWV 639)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach


Rob Hawkins

Lucy Wilson Benson


Fantasia in g minor (BWV 542)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

Bruce G. McInnes, organist