Tom Proehl left his mark
We’ve lost a remarkable alumnus. Thomas Proehl (Class of ’88) passed away Wednesday night. His death by natural causes caught his family and friends totally off guard; only a couple of weeks earlier, he’d undergone a routine physical. On his last night, he had dinner with friends. An hour after he left the restaurant, he was gone at the age of 46.
Tom had an amazing resume. He was promoted to general manager and managing director of the Guthrie Theater when its new complex was being planned and built. After several years in senior management, he left the Guthrie to lead the Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2008 he left his beloved state to serve as administrative director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Last summer he returned to the Twin Cities to serve as the producing director of the theater arts and dance department at the University of Minnesota. He was recently appointed to the MSUM Alumni Foundation Board of Directors.
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