William Ward, professor of theater and design emeritus, died June 14, 2010. He was 79 years old.
Ward came to Wesleyan in 1956, as an instructor in art, and he taught at Wesleyan for 42 years, becoming professor of theater and design in 1969. He retired in 1998. Ward designed sets for more than 100 plays and concerts at Wesleyan, and he also created graphical and other design work for more than 25 exhibitions and publications. Ward was one of the principal faculty involved in proposing the Center for the Arts complex, for which he served as design consultant.
In a 1995 interview, he explained that his vision for the CFA had the pedagogical goal of fostering conversation: “We wanted a cluster of buildings that would surround a central area of interaction, where to walk to the Music Department you would run into art people because they would be out in the middle as well.”
Ward relished teaching, saying that it kept him young