Before her death in 1988, Lois Sackman worked tirelessly to bring out the best in her speech and drama students. A teacher for thirty years at Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyoming, Ms. Sackman founded the school’s Thespian Troupe 1887 in 1958 and produced Riverton’s first “story theatre.” She also coached her school’s award-winning forensics team, volunteered for several community organizations, and directed the town’s fiftieth anniversary pageant.
Ms. Sackman served as Wyoming state Thespian director (1964-69) and as a regional director. She was a member of the Board of Directors for six years before becoming assistant international director in 1972 and international director (president) in 1976. Her fundraising efforts were instrumental in making the Thespian Society’s 1976 purchase of a new office building possible.
A close friend said: “She really took her students to heart and would do anything to help them. She was always happy, always humming.”