Beverly — Daniel J. Koury, 87, son of the late James N. and Marie (Nicholas) Koury, passed away on March 21. Born in Medford in 1926, he later became a Beverly resident in 1962. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. An accomplished musician, he earned a Bachelor and Master degree in musical composition; as well as a Ph.D. in musicology all from Boston University. Dr. Koury served as music librarian at the Boston Public Library and Boston University. He went on to teach at Boston State College and Westfield State until his retirement in 1991. Subsequently he was made Professor of Music Emeritus by Westfield State.
Dr. Koury has published several articles in musicology and authored a book, Orchestral Performances in the Nineteenth Century. Besides music for wind ensemble, Dr. Koury has composed music for voice and piano, a Christmas opera, solo piano and for various orchestral and chamber music combinations.
In addition to his musical compositions, articles and book, Dr. Koury served as a piano accompanist, soloist and has performed with a recorder group; The Colleguim Musicum. He was a member of the American Musicology Society, Phi Mu Alpha and The American Legion.
Surviving him are three sisters, Shirli Cicirelli, Diana Simons, and Pearl Kerns; his brother-in-law, Arthur Simons; two nieces, Christi Cicerelli and Tara Cicirelli-Navarro and her husband, Angel; as well as his longtime companion, Linda Upper. He was predeceased by brother, Gene Koury and sister, Marion Koury.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, May 3, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Directions and online condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.