THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Herbert L. Williams
Herbert Loren Williams, 79, passed away March 19 in Green Bay following a short illness.
Born to Loren and Catherine Williams on Feb. 11, 1935 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., he was drawn to acting and theatre since his youth. Before his career in theatre, he joined the United States Air Force in 1955 and studied Chinese at Yale University. From 1956 to 1959 he was stationed on an island off the Korean Peninsula. He then attended Union College in Alliance, Oh., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre. From 1963 to 1965 he studied at UW-Madison where he earned a masters degree in theatre. He was part of the Wisconsin Idea Theatre '65 that spent a semester in London, England. In 1966 he joined the faculty of the Communications and Theatre Department at UW-Marinette and was professor emeritus and founding artistic director of Theatre on the Bay. He brought Broadway to Northeast Wisconsin by producing, directing and acting in many dramas, comedies and musicals, such as Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello Dolly and many others through the years. He fostered student and community talent in acting, directing, music and theater technical design. Following his retirement from UW-Marinette in 1995, he directed plays for the Evergreen Players and Green Bay Community Theatres.
He is survived by a cousin, Patricia Kern, of Saylorsburg, Pa. and many friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Thomas.
Private funeral arrangements will be held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held in summer on the campus of the UW-Marinette.