J. Norman Wilkinson, who taught performing arts at the University of Maine for 35 years, has died at the age of 81. Born in Liverpool, England, according to an obituary in the Bangor Daily News, Wilkinson also was an actor, playwright and Maine Masque theater director. His survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy, a son and a daughter. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road, U.S. Route One in Wells. Donations may made in his memory to American Alzheimer’s Association – Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, Maine, 04074, or The Rotary Club of Ogunquit, P.O. Box 2338, Ogunquit, Maine, 03907.