Larry Austin (’51, ’52 M.M.), 88, of Lewisville, Emeritus professor of music who was a world-renowned composer and served as director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, died Dec. 30. He was known for his compositions via computer, and his works garnered the praises of The New York Times, an appearance on television with the New York Philharmonic under conductor Leonard Bernstein and a performance that he conducted at Carnegie Hall at age 82. He was the first American to win the magistere at the International Electroacoustic Music Competition. He earned degrees from North Texas and the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught. He then taught at the University of California, Davis, and the University of South Florida before working at North Texas from 1978 to 1996. He founded the magazine Source: Music of the Avant-Garde.
Rosary will at 6 p.m. Jan. 3, followed by family visitation until 8 p.m., both at Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle, with interment to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton.