In Memoriam: Nat Boxer
The Kirkland College community mourns the Dec. 3, 2009 passing of former film professor Nathan Boxer, who distinguished himself through teaching, as well as an illustrious career as a boom operator and sound mixer in Hollywood.
His film credits include The Rain People (1969), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), Bananas (1971), They Might Be Giants (1971), and The Godfather, Part II (1974). Other notable work includes Apocalypse Now (1979), for which he received an Academy Award, and The Conversation, for which he earned his first British Academy of Film and Television Arts nomination for best soundtrack in 1975, subsequently working with director Francis Ford Coppola on five films. Boxer’s work also includes My Bodyguard (1980), Four Friends (1981), The Cotton Club (1983), The Money Pit (1986) and his final film, The Glass Menagerie (1987). His devotion to his craft earned him a significant, memorial nod at the Mar. 7, 2010 Academy Awards, capturing the attention of those whose lives he touched.
Nat taught students at both Kirkland and Hamilton Colleges, as well as dozens of workshops around the country. He is remembered for his fine sense of humor, devotion to his students and his craft, and his extraordinary ability to hear the silence.