David Thorsen, Professor Emeritus and founding member of the School of Music, Cal State Fullerton, died October 10, 2021, in Fullerton, CA. He was born June 6,1927 to Oliver Thorsen and Nora Arntzen Thorsen of Escanaba, Michigan. He received degrees in music education from the University of Redlands and Occidental College. Dave married Cathrynn Ellen Bossard (Katie) on July 12, 1952. They were married for 64 years until her death in 2016. Dave's choral conducting career began in Pasadena. In 1960, he was asked to help establish the music department of newly opened CSUF where he conducted the University Singers and taught until retirement in 1995. He was the choir director at several churches and an officer of many distinguished choral conducting organizations. For over twenty years, Dave also taught magic and performed at the The Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood - The Magic Castle. He was a warm, loving husband, father and grandfather, known as the "Magic Grandpa", a title he was most proud to earn. Thousands of students of music and magic, church choir members, and friends had the good fortune of knowing David Thorsen during his lifetime. He is survived by son, Paul Thorsen (Gail), daughter, Karen McClung (William), niece, Maren Killian, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for Spring 2022. Contributions can be made to the David Thorsen Endowment through the School of Music at CSUF. For more information on how to make a gift, call 657-278-8683 or email [email protected]
Published by Los Angeles Times on Nov. 7, 2021.