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Remembering John W. Tanno

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, February 21, 2013
John W. Tanno passed away February 15, 2013 at his home in Sacramento, CA. He was 73 years old.

John had a long and distinguished career as a University Librarian at UC Riverside from 1970-2002 and then at UC Davis from 2002 until his retirement in 2006. He was also very active in the Music Department at UCR and taught a Music Bibliography course for 28 years. His love of music stands out as an important part of his life both personally and professionally. He earned his Masters in Music from USC. Among other publications, he wrote two regular columns, "The Guitarist’s Bookshelf,” an annual column appearing in Guitar Review, and "Current Discography” for Soundboard, where he also served as editor from 1976-1980.

He had a particular passion for classical and flamenco guitar. His proficiency as a both a player and a scholar was noted by all who knew him. He would often treat friends and family to a living room performance, an event enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

John’s had a lifetime love affair with books. He took great joy in acquiring new books, whether on or his local used bookstore. He was always happy to discuss his latest read.

He soaked up culture and loved museums, theatre, concerts and film, all of which he sought out while pursuing another great love: travel.

John had a wonderful zest for life and his greatest passion was for his family. He is survived by his loving daughters, Maria-Elena Kinzer and Luisa Tanno, his sister Joyce Hansen, his grandchildren Dylan, Owen and Finley Kinzer, and many dear nieces and nephews.
He did not wish for a memorial service. For those who would like to make a donation in his memory, his family suggests The California State Parks Foundation or The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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