Carpenter, John Alden
- Thomas C. Pierson
(b Park Ridge, IL, Feb 28, 1876; d Chicago, April 26, 1951). American composer. He was the son of a wealthy industrialist and a professionally trained singer, who fostered his early musical studies. After piano and theory lessons with Amy Fay and W.C.E. Seeboeck, he studied music at Harvard with J.K. Paine, graduating in 1897. There he composed music for 3 Hasty Pudding Club shows and for the orchestra of the Pierian Sodality as well as solo songs and piano pieces. Upon graduation he joined his father’s firm, George B. Carpenter & Co., becoming its vice-president (1909–36), and dividing his time between composition and business. In 1900 he married Rue Winterbotham, who became a well-known interior decorator and designer; their two children’s books of music and drawings, Improving Songs for Anxious Children (1902) and When Little Boys Sing (1904) began an artistic alliance. He was an admirer of Elgar, and after some persistence, succeeded in having a few lessons with him during several months in Rome (...