Dr. Robin McFarquhar, a prominent member of the University of Illinois community and a long-time leader in the department, retired July 31 after 35 years of service. He was granted emeritus status on retirement. Dr. McFarquhar distinguished himself as a teacher and mentor. He was awarded the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1999 as well as many other teaching awards and nominations. Robin maintains a huge alumni network of grateful students. He is also an extremely accomplished fight director, with one Helen Hayes Award nomination and two Jeff Award nominations. He has worked on Broadway, with many regional theatre companies, and some of the most renowned Shakespeare festivals. For Illinois Theatre, he served as fight or movement director of 70 productions, most recently Twelfth Night. This spring, several of his former students initiated Robin’s Hood, an award of an engraved sword and scholarship to a stage combat workshop or other professional development opportunity for the graduating MFA or BFA actor who best exemplifies Robin’s grace, power, and tenacity on and off stage.
Farewell, kind lord; fight valiantly to-day: And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it, For thou art framed of the firm truth of valour. Henry V, IV.iii.