I've always understood the term "emeritus" to refer to someone retired but honored with that title during his or her lifetime. Is it also appropriate, in a description honoring the founder of a musical organization who was given that title while alive but has since died, to title the article about him as "About Our Emeritus Conductor"?
Greetings kayaug, and welcome to the forum. I've only heard the term used to describe retired academics, but this definition shows its use is appropriate for any retired professional.
Once deceased, I don't think that would work. More simply, you might title that article "About Our Founding Conductor." I'm guessing anyone reading the article would know about his "emeritus" and "deceased" status. If not, they'll likely read about that in the article itself. For an article title, best to keep it simple, accurate, and descriptive of content.
I agree in general. It seems appropriate for an obituary. But for a general information article, it seems odd to focus on the emeritus status.
Here is one of many examples of obituaries referring to the status of emeritus.
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