Professor Newcomb joined the Harvard music faculty in 1968, my sophomore year, so I must be among his oldest students. He taught the basic music history courses for undergraduate concentrators and introduced me to musicology when, the next year, I took his seminar on musica ficta. At the first meeting he wrote "MGG = fount of all knowledge" on the blackboard. (What would one write today?) A paper for that course led to the subject of my senior thesis, for which Professor Newcomb was my advisor. I owe him enormously for sharing his learning, for his patience and understanding in mentoring a mere undergraduate, and for the superb introduction to the processes of historical musicology. Although we had not been in touch for nearly fifty years, I have always remembered him warmly and deeply regret his death.
Flagging here a tribute by Laurie Stras on the Musica Secreta site: https://musicasecreta.com/anthony-tony-newcomb-an-appreciation
And adding a comment I posted on social media:
Tony was my doctoral advisor. He was generous and kind, and always thoughtful and encouraging; I learned a great deal from him both intellectually and ethically. We had not kept in touch much in recent years but every time we crossed paths he was eager to share a smile and a conversation about our continuing intersection of interests.
I will remember the privilege of working with him and hold his memory in my heart for a blessing.