Jean Raines, Retired Music Professor at Pfeiffer, Dies

Jean Raines

It is with great sadness that Pfeiffer University reports the passing on June 7 of Dr. Jean Lee Raines, a music professor who advanced many aspects of the school’s music and fine arts offerings. She was 71.

Raines began as an Assistant Professor of Music at Pfeiffer in 1980 and retired a Professor of Music after the 2014-15 academic year. Along the way, she was awarded the 2007 Starnes Award for faculty excellence.   

Raines played a significant role in Pfeiffer’s instrumental-music programs, offering studio instruction in piano and clarinet and leading Pfeiffer’s Jazz Ensemble and its Handbell Choir. She assisted with Pfeiffer’s Wind Ensemble and Stage Band. She also chaired the Department of Music and served as the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

During her time at Pfeiffer, Raines served as the organist and choir director at Wesley Chapel UMC in Misenheimer, N.C. She also was the rehearsal accompanist for First Baptist Church in Salisbury, N.C.

She studied at the University of Memphis, where she earned a B.S. degree with teaching certification in music and mathematics as well as a Master of Music Education degree. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in clarinet performance, theory and literature. She played clarinet in the orchestras of Memphis and East Lansing, Mich.

A funeral service for Raines was held Wednesday at the Chapel of Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home in Humboldt, Tenn. The home recently published Raines’ obituary.