©2014-2016 Alida Augen

Alida's Parents

Jeanette van Dorsten Stahl and R. Crawford Stahl

Jeanette van Dorsten as


Jeanette van Dorsten


after playing a solo concert at Carnegie Hall.

R. Crawford Stahl


at his graduation from Union-Endicott High School in 1936

  • President of his class (each year from 8th – 12th Grades)

  • Head of his class

  • Awarded The Math Prize (with a 100 average)

  • National Trumpet Champion (in both 1935 and 1936)

  • NY State Bass Drum Champion (he could call up a perfect 110 beats / minute)

  • Awarded the first-ever Rochester Prize Scholarship to The Eastman School of Music

  • Delivered his valedictory address on “The Power of Music”

R. Crawford Stahl


  • Graduation with top Honors from The Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) – B.M. 1940, M.A. 1956
  • First-ever Rochester Prize Scholar at The Eastman School of Music

  • First Trumpet with The Eastman Wind Ensemble (under Frederick Fennel)

  • First Trumpet with The Eastman Philharmonic (under Howard Hansen)

  • Solo Trumpet with The Rochester Philharmonic

  • President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

  • Top Music Theory Student at Eastman

  • National Trumpet Champion – 1935 and 1936

Crawford Stahl

and Jeanette van Dorsten


making beautiful music together (The Haydn Trumpet Concerto)

Jeanette van Dorsten Stahl


as a bride

Jeanette van Dorsten and Crawford Stahl


on their wedding day

 1st Lt. R. Crawford Stahl 


  • Pilot of a B-26 Bomber in World War II

  • Flew 65 combat missions over Europe (the first two on D-Day)

  • Awarded THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (for valor in the Battle of the Bulge)

  • Awarded THE AIR MEDAL (thirteen times)

  • Awarded THE EUROPEAN THEATER MEDAL (with five battle stars)

  • Awarded THE PRESIDENTIAL CITATION (for greatest accuracy in completed missions)



  • Graduated at the top of his Cadet Training Class

  • Saved the lives of his crew by having them bail out before he crash-landed his badly burned and shot-up plane alone

Jeanette and Crawford


reunited after WWII

Jeanette van Dorsten Stahl, R. Crawford Stahl

and Alida Margaret Stahl

June 2, 1918 - November 1, 2008



Micah 6:8

Philippians 4:8