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Hooks, Phil and Norma Music Lessons Scholarship Fund


The purpose of this Fund shall be to honor the lives of Phil and Norma Hooks for a lifetime of devotion to music making by providing the children of Carroll County Maryland with the opportunity to learn and love music. The Fund will provide budding French Horn and Bassoon players in Carroll County with music lessons they might not be able to afford. The Fund may also provide scholarship(s) for students pursuing a degree in music.


Phillip Edward Hooks, 83, of Finksburg died Tuesday Aug. 7, at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

The only son of Julius Henry and Edith Lucille Hooks, he was born July 13, 1936, in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Baltimore at age 7. Phil attended Southern High School, played French horn in the band and studied privately under a scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. He earned a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1959.

In his professional life, Hooks was employed by the Penn National Insurance Company from 1959 to 1968, the last five years serving as supervisor of the Workmen’s Compensation Department. In 1968, he began working for the federal government as a Disability Examiner with the Social Security Administration. In 1971, he transferred to the Medicare program and retired as a senior contract specialist in 2000. He was the recipient of multiple Bureau Director and Administrator Awards.

Norma Regina Hooks, age 73, of Finksburg passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. Born December 1, 1944 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Morris and Fannie Harber.

A lifelong musician, she began her musical career in the 3rd grade by playing clarinet. In the 8th grade at Pimlico Jr. High, under the direction of Sidney Jensen, Norma began her love affair with the bassoon. She went on to study privately with Ed Gobrecht, a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She performed with the Maryland All-State Band, and under scholarship, went on to study with Homer Pence at Ball State Teacher’s College in Muncie, Indiana.

Phillip and Norma played music together in several organizations, including the Baltimore Park Band, Carroll Concert Band, September Song Orchestra and Western Maryland College Orchestra. Playing with the Veterans Affairs National Musical Medical Orchestra, they played in various venues across the continental United States and Hawaii, most notably Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center and WWII Memorial and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. They also performed internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Phillip and Norma served as trustees of Allied Medical Ministries, a nonprofit organization which provided medicines and supplies to medical clinics outside the U.S. They made personal deliveries to hard-to-reach facilities in Kenya and Zambia. In Belarus they supplied cancer treatment medicine to children who were victims of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion.



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