Dr. Robert Paul Drummond

Dr. R. Paul Drummond, 60, of New Franklin, MO, entered into eternal rest Thursday, September 27, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2007 in Paul H. Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. A reception will follow in the Dealy Room of the CMU Student and Community Center. Paul is survived by his father, Robert Drummond, of Midland, TX; dear wife, Suzanne, of the home; three children: son, Michael Drummond, and his wife, Jennifer, of Midland, TX; stepson, Greg Zimmermann, of Maryland Heights, MO; and stepdaughter, Catherine Kalinich, and her husband, Jim, of Florissant, MO. Also surviving Paul are his sister, Meredeth Drummond-Cox, and husband, Weldon, of Weatherford, TX; brother, Bill Drummond, and wife, Lisa, of Durham, NC; and four grandchildren: Madigan and Macie Drummond, Austin Boulch and Jackson Berliner. His mother, Nelle Drummond, preceded him in death. Paul graduated from Midland High School in Midland, TX; received the Bachelor of Arts degree from North Texas State University in 1972; was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1975; received the Master of Music degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979; and the Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1986. He believed that his education continued through his students over thirty plus years of teaching. Paul will be missed by his loving family, friends, colleagues and all whose lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the R. Paul Drummond Memorial Fund which may be sent to The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO 65248; The American Choral Directors Association, PO Box 2720, Oklahoma City, OK 73101; or the Harmony Plains Singing School.


  1. Holly Ruth Gale on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Paul was such a help to the Shape-Note Gathering and delight to learn from. He was a mentor and a friend. We will miss him ever so much. May the grace of God be with you all.
    Holly Ruth Gale

  2. Karen Willard on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    I never had the privilege of meeting Paul Drummond, but I found the book he wrote, based on his dissertation, and exchanged mail with him. What we had in common was a love for shapenote music and the precious old texts. He was a big influence in my early shapenote studies and I’m deeply saddened that we’ve lost him so soon.

  3. Mrs John Conley (Debbie) on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dear Drummond family…
    I only just learned of Bro Paul’s passing, altho I had heard he was sick.
    Many MANY Midland memories come flooding back…whereever our roads may part and separate…they will all rejoin in heaven.
    can’t wait to see you all there…with my John …as we raise finally perfect voices to the Lord who called us there.

    Sister Debbie Conley
    Meadville, Mississippi

  4. Cheryl Lynn Wofford Hill on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    R. Paul Drummond was an important part of my life. I irritated him as a student and cherished him when I worked with him professionally years later while serving as pastor of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church. My years with the Columbia Choral Ensemble gave me the opportunity to experience his gifts as an adult and to become his friend. Suzanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and with all who loved Paul.

  5. James and Wanda Hull on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    We send our love & Heartfelt sympathies to the Drummand family.
    Jimmy & Paula Martin
    Terry Randolph
    Charles & Cheryl Randolph
    James & Wanda Hull

  6. Lucy Hurst on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Paul, you will be missed. I am so glad I was able to attend one of your classes and a choral performance. Merritt and I truly felt like you were one of those rare people who loved his life and had a true passion for his chosen work. I love you and miss you and I am positive Aunt Nelle was there to welcome you. Your cousin, Lucy Ann

  7. Bob Mize on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Paul Drummond and the Drummond family legacy – God, music, family, love, church, friends.

  8. Troy on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Paul, you are one of my childhood heroes! Soldier, musician with a doctoral degree, successful educator, enough older than I to be seen as an extra “Big Brother.”
    Farewell dear brother, we miss you.

  9. Deborah on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Dear Bill and Mer:
    All those years growing up together – Paul cutting Cathie’s hair for her, Paul being my dear brother Jimmy’s hero, Paul leading the singing, it goes on and on. I am so sorry for the pain you and the rest of the family are going through right now. All my thoughts are with you.

  10. Shawna Daniels on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Aunt Suzanne: We love you so much and are here for you always. Uncle Paul is dancing with Gramma and the angels on the golden streets of heaven.

    Uncle Paul: We will miss you so much. Even though the Donald Duck scared Makayla when she was little, I sure will miss hearing it. You always made us smile with that one. Hey, and no more tomato sunburns in heaven! We miss you terribly, and grieve…but we’re grieving with hope in God’s promise that one day we will all be together for eternity. I love you!

  11. Shelley Everhart on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    My dearest sweet Uncle Paul,
    All of us kids will dearly remember how much fun we had tormenting you over our rock and roll music vs. your classical music. However, we are so blessed to have had you as an inspiration in our lives. You will be so pleased to know that I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC! :0)

    We will miss the Donald Duck forever and ever! See you one day soon. I love you!

    P.S. Please tell Gramma that we love her so very much and miss her terribly!


  12. Douglas Daniels on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    You will be missed. Here’s to “kissing the baby” one last time.

  13. Meredeth Drummond-Cox on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Big brother, I will miss you every day of the rest of my life. You were an inspiration, and a true blessing to all who knew you. You were my hero, and my bubba. I will see you again one day. Be-a-bay; be-e-be; be-i-bicky-by; be-i-bo; bicky-bi-bo-be-u-be-bicky-bi-bo-bu. I love you, Mer

  14. Charles Tutt on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Our kind compassionate music loving friend will be missed.

    Member-Boonslick Chordbusters

  15. Lisa Maupin on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Suzzane and Greg you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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