Paul Chandler Hume was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 13, 1915. His father was Robert Woolsey Hume and mother was Katherine English Rockwell. Hume was graduated with a degree in music from the University of Chicago in 1937. His career as both teacher and critic included many years as professor of music at Georgetown University (1950-1977); as adjunct professor of music at Yale University (1975-1983); and as music editor for the "Washington Post" (1946-1982). Hume also hosted long-running classical music programs at WGMS-FM radio in Washington, D.C. Some of these are still broadcast including "Comment on the Arts," "Guest Conductor," and "Music After Hours." Hume was also a guest commentator for the New York Metropolitan Opera intermission broadcasts.
Hume is a member of the American Association of University Professors; Music Critics Association (member of executive committee, 1962-1963); and Cosmos Club. Recognized for outstanding achievement in music criticism, he received a Peabody Award (1977), and the University of Chicago Outstanding Alumnus Achievement Award (1978). Hume also received honorary degrees from Thiel College (1968), Rosary College (1977), and Georgetown University (1979).
Published works by Hume include "Catholic Church Music," (Dodd, 1956); "The Lion of Poland: the Story of Paderewski," co-authored with wife Ruth Hume (Hawthorne, 1962); "King of Song: the Story of John McCormack," co-authored with wife Ruth Hume (Hawthorne, 1964); "Verdi: the Man and his Music," (Dutton, 1977); and "Puccini: the Man and his Music," jointly with William Weaver (Dutton, 1977). Hume was also co-editor with Clifford Bennett of "Hymnal Christian Unity," (1964).
Paul and Ruth Hume were married in 1949. Their children are Paul, Michael, Ann, and Peter. Paul Hume died Nov 27, 2001, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ruth Fox Hume was born in New York in 1922. She taught chemistry at Dunbarton College and Latin at the Catholic University of America. She was also author of several mystery books for Dodd, Mead & Co., including "Bitter Ending," (1946), "Deadline," (1947), and "Symphony in Two Time" (1948). A former student of medicine, she wrote a number of books on medical history including "Milestones of Medicine," (New York: Random House, 1950); "Florence Nightingale," (New York: Random House, 1960); and "Medicine in Maryland," (1976). She also collaborated with her husband, music critic Paul Hume, on biographies of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and tenor John McCormack. Ruth Hume died March 1, 1980.