NATCHITOCHES – A memorial service for William Terry Monday will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27 in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern State University. Monday, age 70, passed away March 17, 2022, at his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Terry Monday was born November 5, 1951, in Shreveport, LA to William Horace and Billie Sue (Nelson) Monday. He graduated from Fair Park High School in 1969 and attended NSU, earning a B.A. in speech and journalism education in 1975 and M.A. in speech and theatre in 1981. While at NSU, he was president of Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity and a photographer for The Current Sauce student newspaper. He was a member of the University Players and Alpha Psi Omega drama fraternity.
Following graduation, Terry toured with a children’s theatre group and several Broadway productions before relocating to Jacksonville and his life’s work teaching technical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He also was a member of the International Alliance of Theatre and Stage Employees Local 115.
Terry was an integral part in the formative years for several generations of theatre lovers. His passion for the arts and teaching helped his students build careers as stage managers, producers, designers and technicians on Broadway and beyond. Students that did not find their way in the theatre were motivated by the pride in effort and strong work ethic he instilled in them.
After teaching for 25 years at SASPTA, he leaves a legacy of students, artisans and technicians to carry the mantra of his teaching, “Work hard, do you best, be proud.” Terry’s passion for the arts, music, gardening, his cates and BMW motorcycles could always bring a colorful story, memory or life lesson.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister, Kathie Monday Driver (Albert Richard “Dick” Driver, Jr). He is survived by his nieces; Danielle Driver-Roussel (Paul), Deann Driver, and Darcy Driver; a grandnephew, Sutton Driver; a grandniece, MacKayla Milczarski, as well as numerous cousins and relatives in the Shreveport area. After teaching for 25 years at DASOTA, he also leaves a legacy of students, artisans, and technicians that continue to take what he preached and will forever carry the mantle of “Work hard, do your best, be proud.”
In lieu of flowers, friends can visit www.northwesternstatealumni.com to make a memorial donation to the Creative and Performing Arts fund through the NSU Foundation.