Carrie Gates | February 17, 2020
Paul A. Rathburn, a professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame and founder of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), died Wednesday (Feb. 12). He was 85.
Rathburn, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1965, retired from teaching in 2000. He founded NDSF the same year and served as producing artistic director for its first five years.
“Paul Rathburn had the bold vision to conceive of a project that would bring Shakespeare from page to stage, not only for our students but for the wider South Bend-Elkhart region,” said Mark Roche, the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and former dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “He combined professional actors, student apprentices, and community citizens to orchestrate a vibrant tradition that will continue long into the future, bringing insight and joy to people of all ages.”
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