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In memoriam: John Russell Cauble led Royce Hall renovation

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John Russell Cauble
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John Russell Cauble

John Russell Cauble, 83, a professor emeritus in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) who headed the multimillion-dollar renovation of Royce Hall auditorium in 1998 four years after the Northridge earthquake, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Los Angeles. He died due to complications from heart surgery he underwent in July.

Cauble taught in TFT’s Department of Theater for 30 years, from 1963 to 1993. During his tenure, he directed many musicals, established the theater management program, helped the Anderson Graduate School of Management set up its arts management M.B.A. program and coordinated the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984.

He was involved in the UCLA Theater Department Alumni Association for many years and was a contributing editor on a book on a 50th anniversary retrospective of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1998.

In 1993, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival One Act Play Award, presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., each year, was renamed the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play in his honor.

Born in Hickory, North Carolina, Cauble received his undergraduate degree in theater from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in theater in 1964 from the UCLA College of Fine Arts, now the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Cauble is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha; two sons, John Russell Jr. and Chris; daughter Lee; and four grandchildren.

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