Former concert organist and television star Stan Kann died at St. Louis University Hospital on September 29th 2008. He was 83-years-old. Kann began his performing career at Washington University where he played the organ. He went on to become the best known concert organist in North America. Kann played the Fox Theatre for 22 years before moving to Los Angeles in 1975. Before the move, he appeared on the local program, "Charlotte Peter's Show." Following that, Kann co-hosted The Noon Show with Marty Bronson. For that work, he received the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997 and the Avis Blewett Award in 2001. Kann was inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame in 1999 and was named ATOS Organist of the Year for 2003. Kann was also well known for his comedy. He appeared 77 times on "The Tonight Show" and 89 times on the "Mike Douglas" show as well as dozens of other programs. Kann was also known as an enthusiastic collector of vacuums.
A Stan Kann Scholarship Fund is being established to encourage and promote young theatre organ talent. Contributions can be sent to the fund in care of the Fox Theatre - 539 North Grand Boulevard - Saint Louis MO 63103.