Remembering Dr. Frederick C Tillis

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Dr. Frederick C. Tillis passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday.

Tillis led the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts as director emeritus.

He was a musician, poet, composer and advocate for the arts, and started successful art initiatives at UMass Amherst such as Jazz in July and the Jazz and Afro-American Music Studies Program. 

Read more about Tillis from the Gazette or watch his 2003 performance at Jazz in July in Amherst Media's Archives.