Obituaries

Albrink, Nancy Helen Groetzinger

Nancy Helen Groetzinger Albrink, founder and artistic director of the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields, has died at her home in Louisville. She was 65.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Ms. Albrink pursued a course in classical music from her early years. She received her bachelor in music in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she studied under Betty Anne Diaz and William Masselos. Following a summer of study with famed Louisville pianist Lee Luvisi at the Aspen Music Festival, she moved to Kentucky in 1975. There she studied under Mr. Luvisi, artist-in-residence at the University of Louisville School of Music, where Ms. Albrink completed her master’s degree in piano performance in 1977.

Following her graduation, Ms. Albrink became among the most highly regarded teachers of piano in the city, and generations of young people came under her inspired and intense guidance. Her students have become known for the quality of their playing, many of them becoming winners of numerous local, state and regional competitions.

In 1988, Ms. Albrink became Mr. Luvisi’s teaching assistant at UofL, a position she held until his retirement in 2002. She was a founding member of the Ceruti Chamber Players, a performing chamber ensemble with musicians from the Louisville Orchestra, for which she received support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 1998, she founded The Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields. Up to the time of her death, she was the artistic director of the school. In 2006, she received the Gheens Music Mentor Award.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Ms. Albrink was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, where she was director of the children’s choir. She later was a member and choir director for children at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Emily Albrink Katz (David); a son, Frederick Peter Albrink of New York City; a grandson, Edwin Peter Katz; her mother, Helen Reynolds Groetzinger of Columbia, South Carolina and her sister, Kathy Groetzinger Falk of Winnsboro, South Carolina. She is also survived by her loyal retriever, Lucy. Ms. Albrink leaves behind many friends and students. Ms. Albrink’s father, Thomas Groetzinger, preceded her in death.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pearson’s, 149 Breckinridge Lane.

Her family intends to establish a foundation in her name. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of gifts to the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, Ky. 40027.

Behr, Claus A.

Claus A. Behr, 91, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. Born in Germany, Claus immigrated to the US in 1939. He attended New York University and Queens College. Before returning to Louisville, he trained at some of the country’s largest department stores, including Macy’s, B. Altman and Company, and Bloomingdale’s. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and defended our nation in the Battle of the Bulge.

Claus began work at The Behr Stores, Inc. in 1952 and succeeded his father, Alfred, as president of the company in 1960. The Behr Stores, Inc. was a nationally known chain with retail stores in 12 states, selling ladies ready-to-wear and accessories. He was also actively involved in the President’s Council of the American Institute on Management.

He was a member of many organizations and after his retirement in 1995, devoted his time to numerous voluntary positions. For 18 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of Jewish Hospital Health Care Services, where he served on the Board of the Four Courts Senior Center. He also served on the Deputy Sheriff’s Merit Board. Claus was a member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, St. George Masonic Lodge #239, Scottish Rite, Kosair Temple, B’nai B’rith, The Standard Club and the Jewish Community Center. He was also a member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), where he served as Chairman, and Junior Achievement, where he taught economics in the Public School System, as well as the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Yudofsky; his children, Kenneth B. Behr, Janie Behr, Dr. Kenneth Cohen of New York, New York and Sally Kaplan (Dr. Brian) of Richmond, Virginia; his grandchildren, Shawn Lerner, Lindsey Lerner Block, Daniel Lerner, Ashley Lerner, Amy Kaplan and Leah Kaplan and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 6 at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, with burial in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ida and Bernhard Behr Holocaust Memorial Education Fund at the JCC or the Kentucky Opera Association.