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Carol Jean Rand, 79

Carol Jean Rand, 79, of East Grand Forks,Minnesota and Concord, Massachusetts, died of cancer at Parmenter Hospice in Wayland, Massachusetts, on December 30, 2015.

Carol was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on September 4, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Minna (Harm) Rand. Carol is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Alice Jean Rand of East Grand Forks, Minnesota and her cousin Evelyn Headen of Minneapolis. Her extended family members in East Grand Forks are neice and nephews Kathryn (Steve Light), Douglas, and Steve Rand and grand-neices Chloe, Kendal, and Avery.

Her Massachusetts family was large: That family was both her many musical colleagues and her friends in House Party, and her kind friends and neighbors who were such great and appreciated help in her last years.

Carol attended Michigan State University for two years and completed her bachelor’s degree in Music from the University og Minnesota. She earned her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music with a major in Piano.

She taught piano for the New England Conservatory and then at Putney School in Vermont, the Cambridge School of Weston, and the Concord Academy.

Carol began her work as a professional accompanist for the Rick Trevor dance studio while in 8th grade. This later was one of her many skills she was known for in the Boston area, to be able to step in at amoment’s notice to join an ensemble or accompany, given “her phenominal ability as a sight reader” (from a colleague and conductor). And from another colleague:” To play with Carol was one of the greatest treats. You were carried away, swept away, in brilliant musical adventure. You heaerd phrases made entirely new. Her sense of rhythum and tempo was playful, convincing, and completly infectious. )And she turned pages like a wizard!)”

A memorial service was held at the Lutheran Church of the Savior, in Bedford, Massachusetts on January 30.

Interment: St. Bernard’s Cemetary, Concord, MA

Online Guestbook: bedfordfuneralhome.com

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