Clissold 'Budd' Hill, died peacefully at home Nov. 20 with his partner of 34 years, J. Robert 'Bob' Caldwell, at his side.
A 1949 graduate of Oak Park High School, Budd was honored with that school's Tradition of Excellence Award in 1997. From Oak Park, Budd attended the University of Colorado and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Design from Yale School of Drama.
His freelance career as a designer progressed through New York costume shops toward assisting in major Broadway and film productions. His costume designs on Broadway included: Thistle in my Bed; The Merchant of Venice; The Policemen; Oedipus Rex; and Pygmalion. He also worked for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park Productions, the first Broadway production of Camelot and the Children's Television workshop. Later, Budd branched into television, including games shows and soap operas ( All My Children ) .
In 1978 Budd returned to the Midwest, where he served as a costume designer for 15 years at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., while also working occasionally on designs in Chicago.
Budd lived a rich and wonderful life, and will be sorely missed by family and friends. There will be a private memorial dinner in December where his close friends can remember his spirit and regale his theatrical history.
To Caldwell, Hill 'was my North, my South, my East and West.'
Donations in Hill's memory may be made to The American Players Theatre, P.O. Box 819, 5950 Golf Course Road, Spring Green, WI 53588.
For further information, please contact the Cremation Society of Illinois at 773-281-5058.