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General Information

Name:  Louis Catron  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1932 in Springfield, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Louis Catron was born in Springfield, Ill. , and was educated at Millikin University and Southern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

During the Korean War, he served in the Navy. Prior to teaching, he held a variety of jobs. He enjoyed success as an actor, but felt he belonged in teaching theater.He joined William & Mary in 1966. In 1988 the Virginia Council of Higher Education awarded him the Outstanding Faculty Award, an annual honor given 12 professors. In 1972 and 1975 he was named an “Outstanding Educator of America.”A number of Prof. Catron’s students excelled as actors, directors, screenplay writers and authors. Perhaps best known are actress Glenn Close and novelist-screenwriter Karen Hall of “MASH” and “Hill Street Blues.”

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