Posting Date: May 10, 2011

The College of the Arts remembers William Tapp
Longtime Friend of the Arts memorialized on May 10

By Cheryl Anderson Brown


Bill Tapp


Photo by Melissa Ray

If you ever attended a Starlight Summer Series concert at Kennesaw State University, you probably saw William "Bill" Tapp, a sparkling personality who was very serious about enjoying jazz! With his passing on May 6, many people will miss his bright presence at this summer's events.

Mr. Tapp was a World War II veteran, an architect whose work can be seen throughout Cobb County and a lifelong community servant who spent decades involved with organizations like the Marietta Civitans, the Salvation Army and his church. He was also appointed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris to serve on the Health Planning Review Board.

For the people of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, Mr. Tapp is best remembered for his kindness and his active personality as well as his deep appreciation of music, a passion he shared with his late wife Frances, whom he memorialized by naming a seat in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

"Bill Tapp was a wonderful person," says Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts. "I loved his spirit! Bill was always so genuine and kind. He was really proud to have this university in his community and to be a part of the university."


Read Mr. Tapp's memorial in the Marietta Daily Journal.

Read our 2008 profile of Mr. Tapp from Flourish magazine.


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