We have our fingers in many pies here at Travalanche so sometimes we miss major news (e.g. departures from the mortal plane) by people we care about. Thus it is with Don B. Wilmeth, whom we just learned passed away about a year and a half ago (late February, 2020). In the ordinary course of events I might have gotten the memo much sooner, but this has been rather an eventful year and a half, yes? Anyway, Professor Wilmeth was our honoree at the the 2012 Theatre Museum Awards. At the time of his passing he was Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown. He had joined the faculty at Brown in 1967 and had headed his department for many of those years, retiring in 2003. Wilmeth had written or edited nearly 50 books, much of which had been very useful to me in my research, including the 3 volume Cambridge History of American Theatre, as well as Variety Entertainment and Outdoor Amusements: A Reference Guide (1982), Mud Show: American Tent Circus Life (1988), The Language of American Popular Entertainment (1981), and many more. I only met him the once, but we shall forever be refreshing our familiarity with his scholarship.
Ye Shall Know Him by his Works! There’s great info about him and his accomplishments in eulogies here: