William H. Inglis

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Inglis William H. Inglis, of Hilliard, after a brief illness died on July 28, 2014. He was 77. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 7, 1937, he was raised in Rochester, New York by Ruth (Brown) and William H. Inglis, together with his sister Joyce Lee Inglis, who all predeceased him. After serving in the US Army in Europe in 1956-58, Bill earned his BA at the University of Rochester, and an MA and Ph.D. (1975) in Drama Arts from the University of Washington. His career took him to Washington, D.C., the Outer Banks, Tempe, AZ and finally Columbus, OH. He loved mountains and his wife loved water, so they stayed in Columbus, which has neither, for 39 years. He was involved in theater and the arts for most of his adult life: teaching, administering, consulting, acting, and directing, most recently with the Columbus Civic Theater. Bill is survived by his best friend and wife of 52 years, Kari Fougner Inglis; sons, Erik (Heather) and Josh (Jennifer); and four grandchildren, Sophie, Tillie, Graham and Ewan. The joy he found in his family was tangible and came with lots of laughter. He adored his sons, their wives and his grandchildren, and regretted only that he didn't see them often enough. Coming from a small family, Bill became a sort of patriarch to his wife's large one, planning several family reunions to keep all connected. As a recovering alcoholic he was sober for thirty-four years, and his family is deeply grateful to the many friends who helped him in his recovery. Bill was a people person-always happy to see friends old and new, whether ushering at the Schott or helping annually on the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, where he was photography coordinator for 15 years. He was also an ardent Democrat, an avid reader, and a lover of music of all kinds. Like Dr. Gibbs, a role he played in "Our Town," one of his favorite plays, he and Kari conversed for years "without any noticeable barren spells." In retirement they traveled frequently to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (where they had honeymooned), Norway (Kari's home country), Greece, France, England and Austria. More recent trips were cruises in Tahiti and across the Atlantic to Barcelona, his favorite city. He loved to drive across the country, and among other trips, he and Kari drove the Oregon Trail and the California Trail. Last year they spent 104 hours in the car together and emerged smiling and still married. A memorial celebration of Bill's life is scheduled for Saturday, August 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Tremont Club Clubhouse, 4800 Tremont Club Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributing to the arts organization of your choice. Arrangements by NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 4476 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214, 614-268-8811.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 2, 2014