Cornelius R. Love III ’62 died on December 24, 2017, in Stevensville, Maryland .
(The following was published in The Washington Post on December 28, 2017:)
Cornelius Ruxton Love III, “Neal,” passed away peacefully at his home in Stevensville, Maryland, on December 24, 2017.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Vickie; his daughter, Amy, from his marriage to the late Carol Christensen Love; his sister, Allegra Page of California, and a legion of friends of many years.
Mr. Love, who was 77, was born in Goshen, New York, graduated from the Taft School in Connecticut and Bowdoin College in Maine. He was an officer with the United States Army Field Band from 1962-65.
In 1970, he founded Wedgewood Productions in Maryland which grew into an international firm; planning, producing and creating conventions and meetings for corporations and trade associations. He sold the firm in 2005, but continued to consult in the field.
He also followed his passion for music and particularly the musical theatre throughout his life, founding and leading theaters in New England and Maryland. As a producer, director, composer and conductor he opened Maryland Cabaret Theatre in the 1970s—one of the first of its kind in the area.
He composed the music for several musicals, most notably A Magnificent Thing To Be, a musical version of the novel, Little Lord Fauntleroy. The show had its world premiere in Washington in the 1980s.