Walter Ray Stump Ph.D.

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Walter Ray Stump, PhD, 83
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. - Walter Ray Stump was born Feb. 10, 1934, in Barstow, Calif. He passed away Thursday Dec. 14, 2017, in Grass Valley, Calif. He was 83 years old.
Walter grew up in the deserts of the American southwest and moved to San Diego in his teen years. Walter earned his Bachelor of arts degree from San Diego State University in 1957 and his Master of Arts degree in 1959. He then earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Indiana University in 1968. His Doctoral dissertation was a historical analysis of the censorship of the British stage.
In 1968 Walter moved his family to Gorham, Maine and took a job as an associate professor of theater at the University of Southern Maine 1968-1976, full professor 1976, Department Chairman 1974,1983-1988 and retired in 2010. He was a member of the faculty at the International Readers Theater Institute London 1990-2010. He was awarded as a National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1979; recipient Gold Medal Kennedy Center, American College Theater Festival Kennedy Center Education, 1989; honoree New England Forensic Association, 2000.
Walter was a gifted and loved theatrical director, reader's theater coach and university professor. He directed over 120 plays, both educational and professional, in his career and coached numerous national champions in reader's theater. He authored four books; Imitation: The Art of the Theater, Trail of the Mountain God, The Mojave Chronicles, Desert Oases and Anasazi. He wrote and and directed five plays; Cactus Charlie's Saloon, Magnolia Club, Cactus Charlie's Wake, Oh Antigone and The Importance of Being Wilde. His most critically acclaimed directorial effort was his final USM production of his friend Peter Schaffer's play Equis.
Walter's optimistic personality, quirky sense of humor and generosity endeared him to those around him. He was an avid fisherman, mountain climber, skier and proud father of three children who all became National Skiing Champions.
He is survived by his beloved partner of 28 years Marquita Hallawell of Penn Valley, Calif., and his former wife Beverly Stump of Saco, Maine; his children, Gregory Stump of Prineville, Ore., Kimberly (Stump) Dionne of Gorham,, Geoffrey Stump of Aspen, Color.; and his seven grandchildren, Josh, Lindsey, Kalissa, Adam, Ambesa, Morgan, and Zani. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth, father Walter; and sisters Barbara, Betty Jean and Patricia.
A celebration of his life will be held in the State of Maine in late May/early June. The family will announce details at a later date.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 22, 2017
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