Reception for Joseph Shirk Follows Funeral Service

Posted: September 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A reception for Music Department chair Joseph Shirk will be held in the Mason Hall Atrium immediately following his 9 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Sept. 16. The funeral service will take place at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street, N.E., in Vienna.

Shirk, 53, died of cancer on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Hospice Center of Northern Virginia. Donations in Shirk’s memory may be made to the Joseph D. Shirk Music Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Northern Virginia (see below for more information).

The George Mason varsity club football team, students, and the Department of Music are also raising money for the Joseph D. Shirk Music Scholarship Fund by selling tickets for prizes to be given away at the Sept. 23 football game. Prizes include a football autographed by Art Monk (who will present the football to the winner at the game), four club-level tickets to a Washington Capitals hockey game, two premium Major League Soccer Cup 2000 tickets, and four tickets to the George Mason Department of Music holiday concert on Dec. 10.

Tickets can be purchased at the football game, the Concert Hall box office, the Department of Music (Performing Arts Building, Room A417), and the Johnson Center Kiosk. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 through 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are $5 each or $20 for five. Please make checks payable to the GMU Foundation, Inc.

GMU Foundation

c/o The Joseph D. Shirk Music Scholarship Fund

Department of Music

4400 University Drive, MS 3E3

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

Hospice of Northern Virginia

P.O. Box 1576

Merrifield, Virginia 22116-1576

For more information regarding the funeral service or donations, contact the Department of Music at x31380.

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