Professor Homer E. Cotton of 1103 Grove street, Evanston, director of music at New Trier Township High School, dropped dead Tuesday morning just as he was preparing to meet his class in music at the high school.
Heart trouble brought on by acute indigestion was given by physicians as the probable cause.
Tuesday was his thirty-eighty birthday anniversary.
He was in his usual health when he left his home in Evanston Tuesday mornig, telling his wife and his little girl good-by with his customary heartiness.
He entered his office in the New Trier school on time. Shortly before noon another teacher at the high school went to the office to tell him that it was time for the music instruction. He found the musician dead.
He had lived in Evanston with his family but a short time. HE had been in the New Trier high school for two years.
He was a graduate of the University of Indiana. He had been principal of the high school at Monticello, Ind., and later, before coming here, was for seven years organist for one of the largest churches at La Crosse, Wis.
Professor Cotton had wown considerable distinction among the north shore for his active interest in community singing. He had organized excellent choruses and glee clubs at the high school and was among the best liked of the instructors at the school.
Of a singularly engaging personality and a sunny disposition, Mr. Cotton was a general favorite with pupils and teachers at New Trier. Under his efficient direction the music department was strengthened until it now is unsurpassed by any other in the high schools of the middle-west.
He is survived by his wife and a small daughter.
Funeral services were conducted from the home Thursday morning at 11 o'clock and burial was at Hinsdale, Ill. Members of the faculty attended the services and resolutions of condolence were presented. Plans are being made for memorial services to be held in the school auditorium sometime next week.