[PAST EVENT] Raise A Glass to Rich Palmer
Professor Palmer received his B.A. in English from Princeton University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty of William & Mary in 1980 as a Professor of Theatre and Speech, after teaching for sixteen years at Washington University in St. Louis and creating its Theatre Department.
Through his dedication, Professor Palmer developed generations of informed, imaginative, and energetic theatre practitioners, sending dozens of students forward to pursue advanced study. His generosity as a mentor and an academic advisor is well documented, and his high standards inform the work of his students and professional colleagues today. His former students are now teaching, writing, performing and creating theatre all over the country.
He leaves behind Becky, his wife of 58 years, children Virginia, Zachary, and Katherine, and eight grandchildren. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the “Richard H. & Rebecca L. Palmer Scholarship in Theatre and Piano Performance Endowment.” Please make checks payable to the William & Mary Foundation and mail to William & Mary, Gift Accounting, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187. To make an online gift, please go to https://impact.wm.edu/rpalmer
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