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Behl, Wolfang – 1918-1994

A Hartford resident, Wolfgang Behl was born in Berlin, Germany, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts before coming to the United States in 1939. A former teacher at the Hartford Art School, he won numerous awards throughout the US and exhibited  Read More


Collins, Atwood II – 1917-2004

Atwood Collins II, long-time regent of the University of Hartford, was a respected Hartford attorney for many years. In addition to locating the property on which the University of Hartford was built, he crafted many of the legal documents which created  Read More


Diemente, Edward

Edward Diemente was born in Rhode Island in 1923 and received musical training from Boston University, Hartt College of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His principal teacher was composer Isadore Freed who was a pupil of Vincent D'Indy  Read More


Franchetti, Arnold – 1906-1993

Arnold Franchetti, was born in Lucca, Italy. He first majored in science, then turned to music. From 1937 to 1939 he lived in Munich, where he came under the influence of Richard Strauss. During his studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, he was awarded  Read More


Monson, Edith Dale

Edith Dale Monson was born in New Haven in 1875 and educated at Smith College. She moved to New York to work as a free-lance illustrator and eventually entered the Art Students League, where she became a devoted pupil of Robert Henri. He was the  Read More


Nagy, Elemer – 1906-1971

Elemer Nagy, expert in every phase of opera production, from stage direction to scenic design, lighting, and costuming, led his young students at the Hartt School into opera as drama. Singers became actors. Opera came alive as theater. With Moshe Paranov  Read More


Paranov, Moshe – 1895-1994

Moshe Paranov, born Morris Perlmutter, was one of the founders of the Hartt School of Music and the University of Hartford. A native of Hartford, Paranov's musical career began when he was a very young man, performing at local synagogues. With Julius Hartt  Read More


Alan Stafford Wilson - 1905-1977

Alan Stafford Wilson was the president of Hillyer College in 1957 when Hillyer merged with the Hartford Art School and the Hartt School of Music to form the University of Hartford. After the merger he became the head of the University’s Arts & Sciences program.  Read More