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Lucy Barton, professor emeritus of drama, died on May 14, 1979. She was 87.
Professor Barton was born on September 26, 1891, in Ogden, Utah. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1917. She earned her master's degree from New York University in 1943.
Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1947, Professor Barton was head of the Department of Drama at the University of Arizona. She had also taught at the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and Washington. In professional theater, she had worked as a costumer for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, the Federal Theater in Chicago and New York, and the Globe Theater at the Century of Progress in Chicago.
At UT Austin she created the costumes for about 30 productions in Greek and Shakespearean classics as well as modern comedies. In addition, she published various books, including Historic Costume for the Stage, a major textbook considered "the bible of stage costume design." In 1957 Professor Barton was recognized for her work with the Award of Merit from the Southwest Theater Conference. In 1960 she received the Eaves Award from the American Educational Theater Association for outstanding contributions.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and UT Office of Public Affairs.