Lighting designer and educator John Gleason died of heart failure on October 28. He was 62.
A native New Yorker, Gleason was drawn to lighting in his student days at Stuyvesant High School. At Hunter College, he lit 75 shows while majoring in zoology and chemistry; he passed the USA exam while still a junior at Hunter. Upon graduation, designer David Hays hired him to assist on a production of The Changeling, directed by Elia Kazan for the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, w