Lucille Salerno has been a champion of Ragtime music and its place in American Musical History for almost thirty years. For several years, she served as a Board Member of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, commuting from her home in Columbia. A recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Lucille has served MU as a psychologist, researcher, grant writer, Peace Camp Director, and an instructor and Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in MU Extension’s Division of Continuing Education.
In Columbia, Lucille hosted a ragtime radio hour on KOPN. She also organized and directed the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival until a stroke in April, 2015 curtailed her participation. She also served on the Blind Boone House Board of Directors to fully restore the home in downtown Columbia. After nearly 30 years of effort, the Blind Boone house was completed and re-dedicated in September, 2016.
Lucille worked at Cornell University Medical School, the New York City Department of Health, and the Suffolk County Department of Social Services prior to moving to Columbia; and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and physiology at Hunter College, a Master’s degree in social psychology at the City University of New York, and a Doctorate degree in psychology from Mizzou in 1992.
In addition to receiving this year's Outstanding Achievement Award from the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, Lucille received the 2004 Governor’s Humanities Community Heritage Award and was recognized for the award by Missouri State Legislature.