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Dysart ’56, MS ’81, dies at age 86

Richard Dysart ’56, MS ’81, an actor best known for his role on L.A. Law, died on April 5 at his Santa Monica, California, home, according to numerous media reports. He was 86.

Dysart died of cancer, according to the New York Times, which spoke with his wife, Kathryn Jacobi Dysart.

Dysart received a bachelor’s degree in Speech from Emerson in 1956 and returned to the College to receive a master’s degree, also in Speech, in 1981.

He was first admitted to Emerson in 1948. He studied for a time at George Washington University and served in the Air Force before returning to Emerson, according to the Emerson Archives Office and the New York Times.

Dysart was the sophomore class president and vice president of the Student Government Association; participated in the Berkeley Beacon, Phi Alpha Tau, WERS, and Choric Speech; and was on the Dean’s List.

As an actor, Dysart often played the roles of lawyers, doctors, and other authority figures, according to the Times.

In addition to his wife, Dysart’s survivors include a stepson, Arie Jacobi, and two step-grandchildren, according to the Times.

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