For someone who has given much, there is thanks, and there was plenty of thanks to be had for Raymond Caldwell on Monday.

Caldwell’s retirement and birthday were celebrated at the Texas Shakespeare Festival Center Monday. Because of COVID guidelines, only the staff gathered inside for cake and retirement presentations.

In addition to being the head of the theatre department at Kilgore College for decades, Caldwell was also the founder and the driving force behind TSF since its inception in the mid 1980’s.

Waiting outside in the parking lot, 20 current and former board members of the Guild and Foundation greeted a surprised Raymond with the Happy Birthday song, balloons and posters.

The joyful celebration and-send off rally originally scheduled for this fall by the TSF Foundation and Guild has been postponed until 2021.

Raymond’s illustrious career, including the history of the Texas Shakespeare Festival, is commemorated in a documentary film which premiered on August 31. View it on the TSF YouTube channel.

Raymond, whose career was showcased in the Kilgore News Herald last month, leaves with an outpouring tsunami of thankfulness for his legacy of the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

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