In Memorial

Richard Kanter

Date of Death: October 10th, 2014
17 Tishri 5775


Richard Kanter, 79, beloved husband and best friend of Janet, nee Shagam, for 46 wonderful years; loving father of David (Rebecca) Kanter and Rachel (Eric) Hoglund; cherished grandpa of Daniel and Noah Kanter and Liam and Nathan Hoglund; dear brother of the late Donald Kanter; treasured brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Dick was born in Chicago in 1935. He began his oboe-playing career at the age of 14 in 1949, as a student of Robert Mayer, English horn player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After four years, Dick was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Marcel Tabuteau and John de Lancie. Upon graduating from Curtis, he joined the U.S. Navy Band for four years. During those years Dick traveled to every state in the continental United States. After leaving the Navy Band in 1961, he was appointed second oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). During his years with the CSO, he performed under Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim, as well as hundreds of guest conductors. Chicago Symphony tours took him to many parts of the world, including Europe, Britain, the Soviet Union, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, and Hong Kong. He retired from the CSO in 2002, after a career of 41 years. Following his retirement, Dick was an oboe and English horn coach with the Asian Youth Orchestra, based in Hong Kong. Chapel service Tuesday 12:15 PM at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Magen David Adom. For information and to leave tributes and condolences: (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Tuesday, October 14th at 12:15 pm
Service Location: -Shalom Chapel Service

Shalom Memorial Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Guest Book & Memories

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October 17th, 2014

As a violist, I was often seated next to the oboes and could see Dick's list of performance dates and conductors that he kept on each piece of music as it was performed. I was always struck by the care he took to keep this years-long record for himself and any other oboist who plays from that part. The CSO represents an historical chain of musicians, and I can still be reminded of Dick whenever I see those parts ---they're still being used, now by Laura Schafer. I'll miss him and his visits to Orchestra Hall. Condolences and blessings to you, Janet, and your family.

~Diane Mues
~CSO colleague, Wilmette il

October 14th, 2014

Thank You Russell for such a lovely recollection of my Dad. We enjoyed having you over each year and getting to know you too. Best, David

~David Kanter
~Son, San Diego, CA

October 13th, 2014

Richard Kantor extended his friendship to me the very first day I joined the CSO in 1989. I started getting to know him when we starting carpooling to Ravinia and when he started inviting me to Seders and Thanksgiving dinners, both of which continued for many years to come. I started getting to know his lovely family, his outrageous sense of humour, is fierce loyalty to his art and the CSO, and his kindness and generosity towards me.

Funny stories about Richard abound; his colorful comments in the margins of paperbacks and newspapers, his habit of leaving a newspaper on a coffee table at work of the same date(except it was 20 years old!), his habit of recording conductor's comments and timings in the margins of his oboe parts at work, and his unique sense of style.

My favorite memory is one summer when we were carpooling to Ravinia with Nancy Park, and Florence Schwartz, and Richard read aloud from the "Bonfire of the Vanities", and from short stories by W. Somerset Maugham while I was driving. After the concert, he often had food for me; pickled broccoli and pickled hard boiled eggs.

I thank you, Richard, for all those wonderful times together. And I thank Janet and his family for making me feel so welcome in their home.

~Russell Hershow
~friend and colleague, Chicago, Illinois


Yahrzeit Dates For Richard Kanter

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
17th of Tishri 57769/30/2015
17th of Tishri 577710/19/2016
17th of Tishri 577810/7/2017
17th of Tishri 57799/26/2018
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