Billy J. Harbin, Ph.D., 74, of Baton Rouge, La., and formerly of Indiana, passed away June 24, 2004 in London, England.
Born May 27, 1930 in Indiana, he was the son of Jesse and Frances (Tully) Harbin.
He received three degrees from Indiana University: the Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature in 1958, a Master of Arts degree in theatre and drama in 1963, and a doctorate in theatre and drama in 1970. He taught at Indiana University Southeast for 10 years before joining the faculty at Louisiana State University in 1973. At LSU he taught graduate seminars in dramatic theory and criticism, dramatic literature and American theatre history. He served as director of theater from 1977-81 and as chair of the Department of Theatre from 1993-96 and from 1998-99. He also served as director of graduate studies for several years and as director of the LSU Summer London Program. He was a professor emeritus at LSU. He was one of the founders of Swine Palace Productions, the professional Equity company associated with the LSU Department of Theatre. He directed plays annually in the department between 1973-89, including the production of "Juno and the Paycock", which was selected by the national committee of the American College Theatre Festival in 1976 to appear at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career he continued to perform occasionally at LSU and elsewhere. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include: three sisters; Rosemary Brooks of Indianapolis, Betty VanWinkle and Mary Duzan-Smith, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 22 nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers James and Robert Harbin.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Bethel Cemetery in Sandborn.