Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

August 21

James W. McConkie died of polio at the age of 32 on this day (1953). McConkie earned a PhD from Columbia and studied with Nadia Boulanger and Arthur Honneger in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship before moving to Minnesota to begin a promising music career as a composer. When his children were stricken in the epidemic, however, McConkie learned over to kiss his son, caught the disease himself, and died two weeks later. https://www.mormonartscenter.org/journal/2018/8/28/podcast-transcription-jamie-ereksonjames-w-mcconkie

Glen Nelson