The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0085  Monday, 25 February 2013


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Monday, February 25, 2013

Subject:     William (Bill) Liston


I was saddened to learn from his daughter Ellen Gragg that Bill Liston died on January 29, 2013. I will miss seeing Bill at conferences and talking with him. He was a wonderful, kind man, and I was very fond of him. 



Dr. William T. (Bill) Liston, Professor of English Emeritus, died peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, January 29, 2013, with his children by his side. 


He is survived by his five children: Ellen Gragg (Gene) of Yorktown, IN; Heather Liston of San Francisco, CA; Rebecca Liston of Boston, MA; Ned Liston (Kirsten), of Westminster, CO;  Zoe Liston (Mark Hellenack) of Hopkins, MN; his grandchildren Katheryn and Brad Gragg; two sisters, Kathleen Liston Morrison (Jim), and Sister Francis Liston; one brother, Edward J. Liston (Judy); many nieces and nephews, and his dear companion Carolyn Bogue. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Liston Rozell, and his former wife, Phyllis Hurd Liston.


Following his service as a paratrooper in the US Army, he graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He was a member of the Ball State University faculty from 1965 until his retirement in 2005.


A passionate lover of the arts, Bill always managed to make the Stratford Festival in Ontario “on the way” to anywhere else he needed to go. Many Muncie residents will also remember the educational trips to the Stratford theaters he organized for students and community members for several decades. He reviewed theatrical performances for WBST radio, the Muncie Star, and other publications, and contributed an essay on “Shakespeare’s Plays in Performance” to The Riverside Shakespeare.


He was proud to be a longtime member of the Shakespeare Association of America, the American Theatre Critics Association, and the Muncie Duplicate Bridge Club. 


The family welcomes guests to a memorial service on Friday, March 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the Minnetrista Center in Muncie, and asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be directed to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, or the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. 


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