Forrest A. Newlin

, chairman of the Texas Christian University Theatre Department, died Monday, December 16, 2002 after a short illness. He was 64.

Dr. Newlin spent most of his professional life as a college and university teacher along with work in commercial theatre whenever time and energy would permit. Dr. Newlin was an educator with over 40 years and was very active in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT.) A memorial service was held for Dr. Newlin at the Carr Chapel on the Texas Christian University campus on Wednesday, December 18th.

Dr. Newlin was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Emporia, Kansas. Pursuing his theatrical design career in scenic, lighting, and costume design included professorships with Idaho State University in Pocatello, Emporia State University, The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Oklahoma. He joined Texas Christian University in 1993 as the chairman of Theater. Dr. Newlin was on the board of directors of Stage West in Fort Worth. He served as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Institute for the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, and supported many international exchange programs with Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Theatre Koleso, Toggletti, Russia, and the Texas Christian University London Center. Dr. Newlin was proud of his many former students and their accomplishments in the theatre.

Scholarship endowments have been established at Texas Christian University and Emporia State University. Persons wishing to make contributions to the Newlin Memorial Endowment may contact Adam Baggs, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 76129. Phone(817) 257-5332 or e-mail or Emporia State University Foundation, 1500 Highland, Emporia, Kan. 66801. Further information is available as well on the USITT web site, under the members section at:

Condolences may be sent to: The Newlin Family
422 Bellaire Drive South
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Dr. Newlin will be laid to rest following a memorial service in the Patio Garden at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 21 at: Maplewood Memorial Lawn
2000 Prairie Street
Emporia, Kansas