News - October 27, 2010

Theater critic Bryan Wiggin dies at 65

Bryan Wiggin, a 24-year resident of Menlo Park who for several years served as theater critic for the Almanac, died Oct. 18 after a long illness. He was 65.

Under the name of Brian Stuart, he was a well-known radio announcer on KQED-FM for many years before his retirement. He also hosted the nationally syndicated San Francisco Symphony concerts.

Prior to his work on KQED, he was a radio announcer, public affairs director, and program director for KFSD, a classical music radio station in San Diego. He also worked at KUSC-FM in Los Angeles as a classical music radio announcer.

In addition to his passion for classical music, he loved the theater. He wrote theater reviews for the San Diego Union, as well as for the Almanac.

"Bryan was a superb writer, an acute observer, and a pleasure to be around because of his kind spirit and keen wit," said Richard Hine, managing editor of the Almanac. "I and others on the Almanac staff will miss him very much."

Mr. Wiggin, a native of Clarkston, Washington, is survived by his sister, Bonnie, a resident of Pasco, Washington, and his friend of 28 years, Ruth, a local resident.

Donations in his memory may be made to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, 2789 25th St., Suite 2028, San Francisco, CA 94110. Please, specify the donation is to be used to help provide music for patients in the intensive care unit.

In review

• Visit to see several pages of links to theater reviews written by Bryan Wiggin for the Almanac.

• Visit for an example of Bryan Wiggin's graceful style in a first-person account of a fellow broadcaster, KCEA's Alan Dale, signing off on his longtime Big Band radio program.


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