A celebration of Michael Tolan’s life was held in the Hilberry Theatre lobby this past Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. Friends and family members shared stories of how Tolan had touched their lives and the lives of audiences. Mr.Tolan was a Wayne [State] University Alumni who recently died at age 85. He graduated from Wayne in 1947 and went on to navigate a successful career in arts and entertainment that encompassed a broad scope; on the stage, radio, television and in movies.
Mr. Tolan was a very proud WSU alumni who shared a presentation of music and poetry at the Hilberry Theatre with students in October 2009. A 15- minute excerpt of Tolan’s presentation was played at the memorial for friends and family. For more information about Mr. Tolan’s presentation, ‘A Man, a Woman and a Cello’ please click here.
For detailed information about Mr. Tolan’s life, please see his obituary in the New York Times here.