Olive Mae Fornear, 97, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 15, 2010, at St. Andrew’s Village. Born May 3, 1912, in Monaca, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Fornear. Miss Fornear was a graduate of Windber High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and has a master’s degree in music from West Virginia University. Member of Grace United Methodist Church and Mary Circle, Indiana Arts Council, College Club, AAUW and AAUW Book Club, Indiana Hospital Auxiliary and New Century Club. Former president of Central-Western District Pennsylvania Music Education Association. She had been a member of the executive board of PMEA for many years and the IUP Organ Scholarship committee. Her teaching experiences included several years in the Windber Public Schools as an elementary music supervisor and high school choral director. She also taught in the music department at IUP from which she retired in 1974. Miss Fornear received the Indiana Arts Council Award for Distinguished Services to the Arts. In March 2003, she received the President’s Medal of Distinction in Recognition for Outstanding Professional Achievement. The honor plaque and medal were presented by Dr. Lawrence Petit, then president of IUP, at a concert in Fisher Auditorium. On May 10, 2003, at the music department’s spring commencement in Gorell Hall, Miss Fornear was named an Honorary Emeritus by the music department of IUP. It was presented by Dr. Susan Wheatley. Truly the highlight of her life came in September 2008 with the naming of the Olive Mae Fornear Music Education Classroom in Cogswell Hall on the campus of IUP. Survived by nephews, Dr. E. James Fogel, and wife, Judy, Ithaca, N.Y.; and Thomas Fornear, and wife, Kerry, Philadelphia; nieces, Mary K. Fogel Orton, and husband, David, Austin, Texas; and Judith (Fornear) Fabian, and husband, Tom; Shelly Fornear and Ellen Fornear, all of Youngstown, Ohio; several great-nieces and nephews; and a great-great- niece and great-great-nephew. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Jean Fornear Fogel and Ivys Fornear; and brother, Frank Fornear.