Robert F. Howard was an educator, pecan farmer, cattle-rancher who founded the FarmHouse college fraternity. Howard attended the University of Missouri, where he was one of seven founding members of FarmHouse fraternity in 1905, he received a B. S. in Agriculture from the school in 1908. He received a M. S. in Agriculture 1912 while teaching at the University of Nebraska. Howard was a professor and chairman of the Department of Horticulture at the University of Nebraska from 1914-24 after teaching at the University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin–Madison, he moved to Wharton, Texas, in 1924, where he ran a 2,000-acre ranch with cattle and thousands of pecan trees. He was involved in many local and statewide civic organizations and initiatives in Texas for the last 40 years of his life. Material pulled from the records of FarmHouse International Fraternity, Inc
Oscar Borisovich Feltsman was a Ukrainian-born Soviet/Russian composer, father of Vladimir Feltsman. Feltsman was born in Odessa, the son of Boris Osipovich Feltsman, a Lithuanian Jewish orthopedic surgeon who played the piano professionally, he had musical training from the age of five. He produced his first musical composition for the piano "Autumn". Feltsman graduated from the Pyotr Stolyarsky Music School in Odessa in 1939, where he studied composition with the composer Nikolai Vilinsky. Feltsman was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory, studying under Vissarion Shebalin who wrote a letter of thanks on behalf of the Moscow Conservatory to Vilinsky for teaching Feltsman composition. During the Second World War, Feltsman was evacuated to Novosibirsk, becoming at 20 the executive secretary of the Siberian Union of Composers, where he wrote music for the philharmonic, Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theater and the Jewish theater of Belarus. In the same period Feltsman wrote an operetta based on Valentin Kataev's play "Blue Scarf", criticised in the newspaper "Pravda".
In 1941, Oscar Feltsman married Evgenia Kaydanovskaya a student of the choral conducting faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. He returned to Moscow from Novisibirsk in 1945. Starting with musical comedies at the beginning of his career, Feltsman subsequently combined producing traditional classical music with writing music for circuses and children's variety shows. After around 1952 Feltsman started to write popular songs and on produced a number of popular songs; the first of these was Cruise based on poems by B. Dragunsky and L. Davidovich and performed by Leonid Utyosov as well as Convallarias, based on poetry by Olga Fadeeva. In 1948, at the Operetta Theatre in Moscow his musical comedy Air castle was premiered and in 1952, were two further premieres - at the Operetta Theater Suvorochka and at the Stanislavsky Theater Mediterranean Sea Make a Noise. Around this time Feltsman began to write music for Circuses and children's's variety shows, staged by Natalia Sats. In 1952, Feltsman wrote his Violin Concerto in three parts.
Thereafter he wrote a few songs - the first of these was Cruise based on poems by B. Dragunsky and L. performed by Leonid Utyosov. Feltsman subsequently went on to collaborate with a number of prominent Russian poets including Andrey Voznesensky, Rasul Gamzatov, Eugene Dolmatovsky, Mihail Matusovsky, I. Kohanovsky, Mark Lisyansky, Lev Oshanin, Robert Rozhdestvensky, V. Kharitonov, I. Shaferan, M. Tanich, V. Orlov, N. Olev, M. Ryabinin, his music has been performed by notable singers including L. Utesov, Mark Bernes, Vladimir Troshin, Joseph Kobzon, Muslim Magomaev, Edita Piekha, Eduard Khil, V. Tolkunova, Yuri Gulyaev, G. Ots, Lev Leshchenko, O. Anofriev, M. Pahomenko, & Leonid Serebrennikov, his most popular song was "Lilies of the Valley", written to verse by Olga Fadeeva and sung by Gelena Velikanova at its première. In 1973, Feltsman Let the Guitar Play. In the mid-1980s, Feltsman arranged concerts for the instrumental ensemble The Lights of Moscow with soloist Irina Allegrova before handing over to David Tuhmanov after two successful years.
In 1987, Feltsman wrote his vocal cycle Songs of Bygone, based on Jewish folk songs and produced the book Songs of Bygone In the late 1990s Feltsman wrote 12 songs based on poetry by Yuri Garin, performed in Odessa to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city. Feltsman wrote a number of chamber works: Ten romances on the poems of Inna Lisnyanskaya, The cycle of romances on the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva, The cycle of songs on poems Hayyim Nahman Bialik, he died, aged 91, in Moscow. Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2nd class, 3rd class and 4th class Order of Friendship Honoured Artist of the Chechen-Ingush Republic People's Artist of the RSFSR People's Artist of Dagestan ASSR Honoured Artist of the RSFSR Oscar Feltsman on IMDb