Back stage – Judd Trotter will be missed
Penn Valley’s Judd Trotter, a true benefactor of area arts organizations, passed away Sept. 20 after a lengthy illness.
Judd, a longtime member of the Nevada Theatre Commission and contributor to area arts organizations, was active until his final days.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a career agent for Aetna.
After retiring, he and his wife, Grace, relocated to Lake Wildwood.
Judd was an officer in the Investors Club of Lake Wildwood’s Little Theatre. He joined the Nevada Theatre’s board of directors in 1991, serving continuously for the last 13 years.
As facilities committee chairman from 1994 to 1997, Judd oversaw several renovation projects for the Nevada Theatre, including reconstruction of the Ice House, a dilapidated Spring Street garage converted into today’s Foothill Theatre Company offices. This project earned the Stan Halls Architectural Award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce in 1996. He also spearheaded the renovation of the theater’s 246 auditorium seats in 1997.
As a Nevada Theatre Commission board member, Judd also served on the finance committee and was instrumental in developing the theatre’s endowment fund, established in 1993. His experience in investments and insurance matters was invaluable to the Commission, according to Nevada Theatre Manager John McDade
“Judd will be greatly missed. He was always involved, whether it was a fund-raising event, a construction project, or just seeing to the day-to-day operation of the building,” McDade said. “His insight, sense of humor, down-to-earth manner and willingness to help were vital to keeping the place going.”
Judging by the standing room-only crowd at Judd’s funeral last Thursday, he is already missed. Several attendees represented arts organizations, including Nevada Theatre Commission, Foothill Theatre Company, Music in the Mountains and Twin Cities Concert
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