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Wayne Loui: 1931-2021

by Maggie Rotermund on 02/08/2021
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Wayne Loui, former professor in Fine and Performing Arts at Saint Louis University, died from complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 29, 2021. He was 89.

His wife of 68 years, Shirley ‘Tuck’ Loui, Ph.D., a former chair of the Department of American Studies, died from complications of COVID-19 on Feb. 7, 2021.

Wayne Loui
Wayne Loui. SLU photo.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Loui moved to Davenport, Iowa with his family and attended St. Ambrose College, where he met Shirley Mescher, who attended the nearby Marycrest College. The two were married in 1952.

After being involved in the early days of radio broadcasting and television in Iowa, Loui accepted a position in St. Louis in 1962. Loui would become known to the St. Louis theater community as an extraordinary teacher.

His insight into movement, acting and storytelling inspired hundreds of students over his decades spent at Saint Louis University and Webster University. He joined SLU in 1967 and retired in 1999.

The Theatre program of the Fine and Performing Arts Department honors him annually with the Wayne Loui award given to an outstanding graduating SLU senior.

He served as the Artistic Director of Theater Impact and as a founding director of the St. Louis Repertory Theater, and he directed countless professional show at Insight Theater in St. Louis; Copper Mountain Theater in Colorado; and annually for 27 years at the Acadia Repertory Theater in Maine.

Loui’s wife Shirley ‘Tuck’ Loui passed away on Feb. 7, 2021. He is survived by his children, Anne (Andrew), Jen, Michael, Amy, Suzanne (Rob) and Kip (JJ); and eight grandchildren, Aaron, Benjamin (Katie), Tyler, Nicholas, Gwyneth, Marina, Meredith and Max. His first great-grandchild is due in May.

The Loui family will hold a memorial in late spring/early summer.