Artists’ greatest act was teaching

The loss of two creative titans just a day apart has left Ventura County’s arts community reeling.
John Slade of Cal Lutheran’s Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Edward Francis, co-founder of Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, were two very different men, but they had one important thing in common: a passion for sharing their talents with others.
For Slade, who died July 7 following a hit-and-run crash on the 101 Freeway, it was acting in, directing and writing plays. For Francis, who succumbed to cance...

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