John Merrill Knapp (1914-1993) is most widely known for his accomplishments as an educator, editor, and writer. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in the mid-1930 and then briefly taught history in California. After earning his master’s degree at Columbia University, Knapp served four years in the Navy during World War II. He returned to Princeton as assistant director of the glee club and was appointed chairman of the Department of Music in 1949. In 1953, Knapp became an assistant professor and was promoted to a full professor in 1963. He served as dean of the college from 1961 to 1966. Knapp’s main musical interests included 16th century instrumental music and 18th century music, especially opera and the works of Handel. Knapp’s literary contributions include The Magic of Opera (1972), Handel’s Operas 1704-1726 (co-edited with Winton Dean, 1987), the editing of two volumes of Handel’s complete works, and several other books on opera and vocal work.