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Remembering Lois Bent

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Lois A. Bent
March 25, 1955 - June 15, 2010

Lois Bent

photo by Alicia Lee

Lois Bent passed away after an eighteen month battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by anyone who was touched by her spirit, her humor, and her love of—and passion for—life and the arts.

Lois' relationship with Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana State University Billings dates back to the late 1970s, when she began the pursuit of a degree in Music at Eastern Montana College. While attending classes, she found employment first in the Native American Studies offices and later in the Counseling office.

In 1983, Lois started a classical music program on KEMC-FM as a volunteer. She was hired as Operations Manager of KEMC in 1986 and remained in that position until 2005, when she was named Interim General Manager of Yellowstone Public Radio. She held that position until January of 2009, when she was forced to take a medical leave of absence to undergo treatment for multiple myeloma. That same year, she was honored for 30 years of service to Montana State University Billings.

In 2007, Lois seized the opportunity to travel to Iran and build on an earlier trip to Turkey with a friend and fellow public radio producer. She spoke of her time in Iran as an amazing cultural experience and an intensely enriching educational opportunity. When she returned, she gave presentations to various groups in Montana about her travels and the people with whom she came in contact.

Lois' commitment to the arts, especially choral music, was as tireless as it was enthusiastic. Her passion for bringing classical music in all its forms to the Yellowstone Public Radio listening audience was only one facet of her love for music, however, as she also performed regularly with the Billings Symphony Orchestra's Chorale and performed as both a chorus member and a soloist with the Rimrock Opera Company.

A true friend of the arts, Lois will be remembered for her winning smile and exuberant laughter, a voice truly made to be broadcast on the radio, and her heartfelt desire to fulfill a public service mission to bring music and culture to a region she was proud to call home.


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