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Edmund Burke Roney

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Roney, Edmund Burke was born in 1926 in San Francisco and grew up there. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, four days after he turned 17. He served as a radio operator with the Sixth Marine Division in the South Pacific and China and saw action at Okinawa. On returning to the States in 1946, he studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley on the G.I. Bill, intending to go to law school. A mediocre student in economics and law, he acted in a variety of plays in college and in the San Francisco area, and eventually realized that his real love was theatre. He obtained a Master's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1956, then moved to New York City, where he worked as a stage manager and a professional actor in seven Broadway plays and many off-Broadway and stock productions. Acting in a play called The Wild Duck, he realized that I really didnt know how to read a play. He returned to California and obtained a Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University in 1969. He was a Professor of Drama at Ripon College in Wisconsin from 1965 through 1991. He delighted in introducing his students to the theatre and to dramatic literature, especially Greek tragedy and Shakespeare. He directed memorable productions of King Lear, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and many other plays at Ripon College and in summer stock and community theatre in Wisconsin. After retiring, he moved east to help raise his grandson, Nathaniel Taylor. He lived in Brookline, Massachusetts for the last 10 years, enjoying time with his daughter and son-in-law, Deirdre Roney and Patrick Taylor, and his grandson. He was brave, generous, uncomplaining, and loving, and will be greatly missed.

Published in The Brookline Tab from June 11 to June 18, 2011
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