To the editor:
With the recent passing of Donald P. Lloyd, Salt Lake City and Utah, indeed the United States, lost one of its most distinguished citizens.Mr. Lloyd was engaged in numerous worthwhile undertakings, such as radio-free Europe, Westminister College, the LDS Church, the Utah Symphony, and others.
Probably few people realized, but tens of thousands will always be grateful, to him for his role in spearheading the sponsorship of Saturday morning children's concerts of the Utah Symphony in the Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square over a period of 20 years.
These concerts were sponsored by the Associated Grocers of Utah; however it was inherent in their Saturday activities that these grocers were more interested in being in their stores and overseeing their operations on the busiest day of the week than they could ever have been in the concerts themselves. It was at Mr. Lloyd's persuasion and conviction that carried the day and touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people over the years.
Upon his retirement from Associated Food Stores, Mr. Lloyd and his devoted wife, Helen, made a substantial contribution of $100,000 to assure the continuation of youth concerts in perpetuity. We salute this giant in our community and dedicated friend of all, and we extend deepest sympathy to his widow and family.
Herold L. Gregory
Former executive director
The Utah Symphony