Edith L. Kuether, violinist and teacher

February 9, 2013

Edith L. Kuether, 97, who gave violin lessons in Bethesda from 1962 to 1975, died of chronic respiratory failure Jan. 19 at a retirement facility in North Branford, Conn. She moved to Connecticut from Chevy Chase in 1995.

A daughter, Elizabeth Piner, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Kuether played in the violin section of the National Symphony Orchestra when it went on a national tour in 1969, under the baton of Boston Pops Orchestra director Arthur Fiedler. From 1962 to 1975, she played violin in the orchestra for the annual Christmas performances of the Nutcracker ballet at Lisner Auditorium in Washington.

Edith Fiske Lyman was a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a 1937 graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Early in her career, she taught music at what became Huron University in South Dakota and at Ohio State University, and she played violin as a soloist and in orchestras and ensembles in Detroit and Cleveland.

She settled in the Washington area in 1962 and taught 30 students a year at the Ellsworth Studios in Bethesda. She was a past president of the Friday Morning Music Club in Washington.

Under the pseudonym Margaret Malcolm, she wrote a novel, “Headless Beings” (1973), a mystery set in Scotland, where she had traveled often.

Her husband of 57 years, Carl A. Kuether, died in 1996. Survivors include two children, Christian Kuether of Houston and Elizabeth Piner of Madison, Conn.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bart Barnes

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