Noted concert cellist and Brigham Young University music professor Roger Drinkall, 60, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997, in Provo after a three-year battle with leukemia.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, May 10, 1937. His music abilities were evident early in his life.At age 16 he was invited to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, studying under the renowned cellist, Leonard Rose. He received a master's degree in music from the University of Illinois, where he also pursued doctoral studies.

He was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Florida State University in Tallahassee and at Brigham Young University.

He began performing internationally at age 19, and in his lifetime performed 1,000 concerts in 35 countries. For the past 11 years he has performed with his wife, pianist Dian Baker Drinkall. He has been an artistic ambassador for the U.S. State Department for the past 20 years and has recorded extensively over the European and Asian networks.

Mr. Drinkall was listed in the Who's Who in Music, Men of Achievement and World Who's Who in Music. A television special about his recent trip to Bejing, China, with his wife will soon be broadcast throughout China, New York and Vancouver.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Sharon East LDS Stake Center, 1060 E. 2400 North, Provo. Viewing for friends and family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak Hills LDS Stake Center, 925 N. Temple Drive, Provo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Brigham Young University String Scholarship Fund.