Earl L. McCarroll

13 May 2020 | 09:15

Earl L. McCarroll of Milford, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at home. He was 80.

Son of the late Earl L. and Helen (Shannon) McCarroll, he was born on Aug. 20, 1939, in Memphis, Tenn.

For 30 years he was a professor of theater arts at Ithaca College. Upon his 2001 retirement he was made Professor Emeritus and further honored with the Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre.

An accomplished actor and director, Earl played Chaucer in the 1980 Broadway revival of Canterbury Tales. He provided the voice of James Agee in Agee (1980), which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. For four seasons in the 1970s, he was the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre at Monmouth (Maine). He toured with John Raitt in Carousel and Allan Jones in The Student Prince. Earl was also a U.S. Army veteran.

He got his bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and his master’s in theater from the University of Arkansas.

Earl is survived by his husband, John DiLeo. They were together 38 years, married for 11. He is also survived by a sister, Eileen Backus; and a brother, Mike McCarroll.

Cremation was private at MacLennan Hall Crematorium. Donations may be made in his name to the Actors Fund.

Arrangements are by Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford.