Robert C. Rayfield Memorial Scholarship

The Robert C. Rayfield Memorial Scholarship was established by one of Professor Rayfield's former students, Margaret Chen, a celebrated organist who lives in Singapore. Chen first arrived in Bloomington in 1970, and later received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees at the Jacobs School of Music.

Robert C. Rayfield was born on April 15, 1920, in Selma, Alabama.

He received a Doctorate in Music from Northwestern University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France. Rayfield also was a P51 pilot in the Air Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Dr. Rayfield served as an Organ Professor from 1963 to 1990, and became Professor Emeritus after his retirement.

Rayfield was a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He passed away at the age of 79 in Bloomington.

The Robert C. Rayfield Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students at the Jacobs School who are majoring in Organ.