Bill Raoul: Artist, Teacher, Mentor, Dirty Joke-Teller Extraordinaire
University of Montana Professor of Drama Emeritus, Bill Raoul, was not only a loved instructor, but a respected professional set designer who published several textbooks on the topic.
Bill's knowledge and love of opera and classical music was second to none. In fact, he researched, wrote and anchored several classical music programs for Montana Public Radio.
And that sense of humor! Bill was a wickedly funny man; but woe to those on the receiving end of his ribbing. No one - no topic - was too sacred to be spared from his quick (and at at times, ferocious) wit.
Bill Raoul died Monday night in Missoula of diabetes-related complications. He was 76.
Edward O'Brien and the Artistic Director of the Montana Repertory Theater, Greg Johnson, sat down earlier today to remember their friend: