Dr. William R Donald Jr. was a high school theater teacher, an arts administrator, a summer theater coordinator, a director, an advocate, a man of deep faith, a colleague, a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Regardless of how we knew him, he had an enormous impact on our lives, but especially students' lives. The lessons he taught resonate with every single one of us and hold an importance in our lives far beyond the stage.
Bill Donald knew how very beneficial the arts are to developing minds. His lucky students knew too, because his curriculum shaped them, strengthened them, disciplined them and enriched them.
Suffice it to say, on March 18, the world lost a staunch and tenacious advocate for the arts. He was, in fact, most tenacious advocate for the arts I've ever met. Especially in these dark times, when the government threatens to cut NEA funding, this loss is even more heartening.
So, in his honor, I propose to start a scholarship or middle/high school grant to continue arts education. His legacy lives on in all of us, and everyone we teach and influence, but we can reach further...we MUST reach further.
Monetarily, I made a reasonable guesstimate of how much we'd need raise, but the sky's the limit my friends. Let's work together to make Bill Donald's dream soar.