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Longtime South Coast Music Professor, Orchestra Conductor Dies


A musician who toured the world with musicians like Mel Torme, but settled in Ventura County where he taught music for generations has died.

Elmer Ramsey was a music professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for three decades.

While at CLU he guided the Conejo Symphony Orchestra, which set the ground for the present day New West Symphony. He also launched the Conejo Pops Orchestra, which he conducted for more than four decades.

Ramsey died following a short illness. He was 87 years old.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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