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Cecilia O'Dea: 1922

Cecilia O'Dea: 1922

"Miss Cecelia [Cecilia] O'Dea, 1922." Cecelia, who played the piano and sang, had her name in the pages of the Washington Post maybe a dozen times, usually as an accompanist or soloist at recitals and such. Now, 80 years later, here's her picture. Take it away, Cecelia. National Photo Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Cecilia O'Dea Krogmann, 1896-1991

Washington Post, 15 June 1991


Cecilia O'Dea Krogmann, 94, a musician and music teacher, died of pneumonia June 13 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Krogmann, who played the piano and organ, performed and taught here for more than 70 years. Her early work was with the Radcliffe Chautauqua in the mid-Atlantic states and the Hendley Casper [Hendley-Kaspar] School of Music in Washington. During the 1920s she was an accompanist for silent movies in the theaters of downtown Washington.

She later taught privately and played in churches.

From 1941 to 1962, she also was a clerical worker for agencies of the federal government, including the Office of Censorship, the Veterans Administration and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Mrs. Krogmann was born in Washington and attended Notre Dame Academy.

She taught for the Douglas Hyde Society at the Gaelic School and at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, both in Washington. From 1972 to 1984, she was a chapel organist at Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Krogmann was a member of St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Her husband, Rudolph Krogmann, died in 1962.

She is survived by two children, Cecilia Rounds of Bethesda and Dr. David Krogmann of West Lafayette, Ind., 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

I bet when

she smiles her whole face lights up. She has laugh wrinkles.


Cecelia looks so uncomfortable having her photo taken. The slump of her shoulders and the trepidation in her eyes belie her accomplishments. Perhaps she doesn't realize that her strength and talent will last, and it is actually a blessing that she is not burdened by a physical beauty that will fade with the years. She reminds me of the remarkable Eudora Welty.

This picture breaks my heart.

God bless her.

Patron Saint

St. Cecilia, in the Catholic tradition at least, is the patron saint of music and musicians. Clearly Miss O'Dea's parents had some plans for her from the start.

Oh you kid!

She's the cat's pajamas, hubba hubba and 23 Skidoo! Does she have a sister?

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