Felix Fowler Weir, 94, a retired music teacher and orchestra director at Cardozo High School, died Tuesday at his home in Fairlawn, N.J. He had been suffering from heart and circulatory disorders.
Mr. Weir was a violinist and played with and sometimes conducted - the orchestras of several Broadway shows in the 1920s, including "Shuffle Along" and "Running Wild," both of which were produced by Miller and Lyles, and Lou Leslie's "Blackbirds." They were among the first all-black shows to appear on Broadway.
Mr. Weir was born in Chicago and studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, where he won the Diamond medal upon his graduation. Just prior to World War I, he spent a year studying in Leipzig, Germany.
During the war, he worked as musician in New York and then came to Washington about 1919 and taught music in the D.C. public schools. He began his Broadway career, which included arranging music as well as playing and conducting it, in the early 1920s.
He returned to Washington in the early 1930s and joined the Cardozo faculty. He also performed classical music during this period with the Wier-Jeter Trio. He retired from Cardozo in 1942 and moved to Fairlawn to lived with a son, Dr. Reginald S. Weir.
Besides Dr. Weir, survivors include a brother, William E., of Los Angeles, and one grandchild.