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Trebor Tichenor: He Kept Ragtime 's Syncopation Going

Feb 25, 2014

The obituary headline in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch read, Trebor Tichenor: The man with the backwards name. His father, Robert, gave him a gift of distinction by inverting his own name for his son. His mother gave him an equally lasting gift: ragtime music.

She played in Letty’s Collegiate Syncopators in the 1930s and required him to learn piano.

As the Post noted, Mr. Tichenor played for decades with the St. Louis Ragtimers. According to the Rocky Mountain Ragtime website, "Tichenor Trebor is one of the handful of elite who have received the Scott Joplin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Scott Joplin Foundation in Sedalia, Mo.,, for extraordinary contributions to the field of ragtime."

Mr. Tichenor was also a member of the St. Louis Public Radio family, having hosted the weekly “Ragophile” show for 15 years starting in the early 1970s.

Visitation will be from  3-8 p.m. Feb. 27 at Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Rd., with the funeral there the next day at 11 a.m.