Retired UT professor, theater historian dies

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Oscar Brockett, a renowned theater historian and longtime University of Texas professor, has died. He was 87.

Brockett died Sunday at an Austin hospital after suffering a stroke the day before, said Sondra Lomax, assistant dean of UT's College of Fine Arts.

Doug Dempster, dean of UT's College of Fine Arts, told the Austin American-Statesman that Brockett, who retired in 2006, was "an absolute giant in the field of theater history."

"He defined it in many ways. His name is synonymous with the field across several continents," Dempster said. "He was a prolific, meticulous scholar into the very last year of his long career. He leaves a legacy that will last as long again as his long life."...

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