Robert F. Gellerman 

"Fritz" Gellerman's interest in reed organs began with an antiquing expedition which produced a Beatty "Golden Tongue" organ with twenty-one stops and a walnut case badly in need of restoration. Finding a lack of readily available information on the origins of these instruments, he began to research the historical materials stored in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the Patent Office in Washington, D. C. The books listed above were the eventual result.

Robert F. Gellerman

 

Mr. Gellerman was born in Cloquet, Minnesota in 1928, attended schools there and was graduated from the University of Minnesota in Electrical Engineering in 1956. Since that time in his work as a communications engineer he has traveled extensively, mostly in Latin America, and lived for a number of years in El Salvador, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
After his retirement, moved to Datona Beach, Florida, later to Gainsville.

His sudden death of natural causes in June of 2011 was a shock to the reed organ world, and he will be sorely missed.