R. Dean Shure, 95, composer and retired minister of music at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, died Monday at the Wilson Health Center in Gaithersburg of complications after surgery for a broken hip. He was injured 45 days earlier in a fall at his home in Takoma Park and had been a resident of the Center for 24 days.
Mr. Shure retired from Mount Vernon Place Church in 1969 after 48 years there as minister of music and choirmaster.
During his career in music he became known for his religious and symphonic compositions. More than 200 of his works for piano and organ, anthems and cantatas were published. He also wrote five symphonies, including "Circles of Washington," which were performed by many orchestras, including the National Symphony and the National Gallery Orchestra.
Mr. Shure's "Palestine Suite for Organ" was played at the dedication of the YMCA in Jerusalem in 1933. Later, he played the piece himself in the Holy City.
For many years he taught voice, organ, piano, composition, harmony and counterpoint at the Mount Vernon School of Music.
Mr. Shure was born in Chilliaquaque, Pa. He was a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and later studied in Dredsen, Germany, under Felix Draeseke, a former pupil of Richard Wagner. In 1953, he was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from American University here.
Mr. Shure had directed music at Central College in Iowa, Clarendon College in Texas, and State Teachers College in Indiana, Pa., before coming to the Washington area in 1921.
He was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and a former president of the Washington Composers Club.
His wife, Hazel died in 1955.
He is survived by a son, Judge Ralph Shure, of Silver Spring, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.