James Edward Haar, former music professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, died on September 15 after a long battle with dementia. He was 89.
Dr. Haar was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his MA from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and both his BA and PhD from Harvard University.
Dr. Haar was a member of Penn’s music faculty 1967-1969 as an associate professor. He also held faculty positions at Harvard, NYU, and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he held the Keenan Chair for the Humanities in the music department. Mr. Haar relocated to St. Louis in 2012.
Dr. Haar was a co-founder of the Journal of the American Musicology Association, the author of four books on High-Renaissance music, art and poetry, and 16th-century madrigals, as well as author/editor of numerous scholarly articles and reviews. In 1987 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is survived by his sister, Nancy Haar McKee (Paul); nephews, Christopher L. McKee and Jonathan D. McKee (Linda); and great-nieces and great-nephews, Allison Carlisle (Robert), and Erin, Brendan and Gregory McKee.