Preston Tisch gets a Ritzy Sendoff

by J-Touchette

Marching bands originated with travelling musicians who performed together at festivals in the ancient world. It evolved and became the basis for the military band, from which the modern marching band emerged.

Preston Robert Tisch died in his New York City home on November 15, 2005, he was 79 years old. A wealthy business man, he was listed as number 56 of the 400 richest Americans in the year of his death. He was Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation and Chairman & Co-CEO of the New York Football Giants.

Throughout his years, he lived a very full life, warranting him a 4 page obituary in the online edition of The New York Times.

With his accumulated wealth, Tisch was not ready to be sent off in a cookie cutter fashion. At his memorial, he had a marching band play to a full house at Avery Fisher Hall, which has a capacity of 2,738.

Tisch established The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke in 1937 as one of the first brain tumour research and clinical programs in the US. A businessman, husband, father and friend, Tisch was a man who is missed and, thanks to his marching band, remembered.

Read more:

http://www.cancer.duke.edu/btc/modules/missionmain27/

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E07E4DD1E3EF93BA25752C1A9639C8B63&pagewanted=3

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/20/fashion/20funeral.html?pagewanted=all

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