William Truesdale Cameron, harp soloist with the U.S. Navy Band for 30 years and one of the best known harp instructors in this area, died Saturday at Greater Southeast Community Hospital after suffering a massive heart attack at his home on 35th Street SE. He was 71.
During his years with the Navy Band Mr. Cameron made more than 28 concert tours throughout the country and traveled over 300,000 miles to perform.
Mr. Cameron was the founder and director of the National Capital Harp Ensemble and performed with that group at the White House during the 1958 Christmas Season.
A native of Providence, R.L., Mr. Cameron was educated in public schools in Providence and then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for eight years studying under the renowned harpist Carlos Salzedo.
Mr. Cameron joined the Navy Band in 1932 and remained a member until his retirement in 1962. He is also a published composer, with more than 50 compositions to his credit.
Mr. Cameron is survived by his wife, Helen H., of the home; a daughter, Constance Welke of Fairfax, and a son, Bruce, of Alexandria, both of whom are harpists; and three grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the National Capital Harp Ensemble.