Edward Crane Truman, a television and radio pianist and composer prominent in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, died of an aneurysm Nov. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 82.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Truman began his career as assistant program director for Coles Broadcasting in Des Moines, later continuing with Armed Forces Radio.
After moving to Hollywood, Truman rose in prominence in the 1950s, composing and directing music for TV series for the three networks.
Truman composed for series such as “Matinee Theatre,” “Ellery Queen” and “The Untouchables,” as well as for recording stars Connie Haines and Beryl Davis. His musical talents brought him collaborations with Rhonda Fleming, the Lane Sisters, Hal Kanter, Steve Allen and Ronald Reagan.
In 1984, Truman established an endowment in religious studies at UC Santa Barbara. He remained active in fostering higher education as well as serving in the music branch of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences until shortly before his death.
Truman is survived by a son, Robert.
Contributions in Truman’s memory may be made to the UCSB Foundation.