DeMarcus Brown, professor emeritus of the theatre program of the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he shepherded thousands of students in a long career, died March 24, according to Variety.
The 99-year-old former director died of natural causes.
Between 1924-1969 Mr. Brown oversaw the University of Pacific's theatre program, including direction 360 plays. In 1924, he was professor with the College of the Pacific and he followed the institution when it moved to Stockton.
In the 1930s, he spearheaded the construction of an outdoor Greek amphitheatre on campus. Mr. Brown was also associated with summer productions at the Fallon House Theater, beginning in 1949.
Jo Van Fleet is said to be one of the performers Mr. Brown mentored. She won a Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance in the film, "East of Eden." A 119-seat studio theatre in the drama building at the U of Pacific is named after Mr. Brown, who is survived by a daughter, Marcia.
Donations may be made to the DeMarcus Brown Endowed Professorship, University of Pacific, Advancement Services, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211.
A memorial service will be held 3 PM April 7 in Morris Chapel on the University of Pacific campus.
-- By Kenneth Jones