Services were held on April 9 for Tom Proehl, producing director in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, who died on April 5 of natural causes at age 46. He came to the U last August after working at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for 2 1/2 years.
Although he was only with the department a short time, he had a tremendous impact on the faculty, staff, and students. As a mentor, educator, and friend, Tom brought an energy and passion to the Theatre Arts and Dance community that will be carried on through those he inspired.
According to Department Chair Carl Flink, "I've been talking to staff and students, and I can't tell you how in the short time he's been here the impact he had. He saw this position as a way to synthesize all of his experiences and use the university as an engine to influence the arts community. It's a substantial blow to our department, to lose the drive and energy he had."