George C. Brian

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George Craft Brian, Jr.

(Theatre arts and speech professor
at the University of Louisiana at Monroe)

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Born July 16, 1919
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Died March 15, 2007
Monroe, Louisiana
Spouse (1) Jo Tharp Brian (died 1973)

(2) Freida Adams Brian

Religion Baptist

George Craft Brian, Jr. (July 16, 1919 – March 15, 2007),[1] was a theater arts and speech professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana, whose friendship with several Broadway stars, including Andy Devine and Mercedes McCambridge, brought top-ranked talent to his city.

A native of the capital city of Baton Rouge, Brian served on the front lines monitoring Nazi radio transmission in the United States Army during World War II. Thereafter, he received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Brian produced several films, plays, and  documentaries, one of which The Gift of the Ouachita was viewed in all public schools in Ouachita Parish. He could tap dance, sing, and act. He performed with the Twin City Ballet Company in Monroe for thirty years. He was a lifetime member of the Little Theatre.[2] At the time of his death in Monroe at the age of eighty-seven, he was a professor emeritus at ULM.[3] Brian was also a Paul Harris fellow of Rotary International and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the American Legion.[2]

He was survived by his second wife, the former Freida Adams (born 1927), daughter Carol Brian Luscombe and husband, Burl, and two grandchildren, Katie and Brian Carnahan. Services were held at the Northminster Church, an Alliance for Baptists progressive congregation in Monroe, with his pastor  Curtis Welton Gaddy, the former president of the national Interfaith Alliance, and the Reverend Carl Gregg officiating. He is interred along with his first wife, Jo Tharp Brian (1926-1973), at Young Family Cemetery in Baton Rouge.[2]

In 1983, Brian published Makeup for the Dark Complexioned Actor. He also was one of three authors of Three Plays by Louisiana Playwrights."[4]


  1. George Craft Brian, Jr.. Retrieved on November 23, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dr. George C. Brian. Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of Monroe, Louisiana (March 18, 2007). Retrieved on November 23, 2017.
  3. Faculty and Administrative emeriti. University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved on November 23, 2017.
  4. George C. Brian. Retrieved on March 18, 2019.