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In Memoriam

The SJMC says a sad farewell to Bob Jones, former director and Professor Emeritus...and other passages.

Dr. Robert L. Jones, former director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Professor Emeritus at the the University of Minnesota, passed away on February 8, 2005. He was 83.

Robert L. JonesBorn in Kansas, Jones earned his bachelor's degree at Wichita State University in 1942, and then served in the Army Air Corps as a lieutenant, flying missions in Burma and India. Following his discharge, he earned a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Minnesota, and in 1952 joined the School of Journalism as director of the Research Division.

In 1958 he was named director of the School of Journalism, a position he held for twenty years. Under his leadership the school became one of the most highly-ranked journalism programs in the United States, producing many distinguished professional journalists as well as researchers and educators in the field. He also served as president of the American Association of Schools and Departments of Journalism and of the Association for Education in Journalism, as member and chair of the Minnesota Board of Examiners in Psychology, and as a member of the accreditation body for journalism education. After retiring from the U of M, he spent several years teaching at the University of South Carolina before returning to Minnesota to spend his final years in the company of his family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ann Jones, his second wife, Barbara Paddock-Jones, and his stepson, Scott. He is survived by his children, Kevin (Beth), Kitty, and Barry (Marsha Olson) Jones, by his stepchildren Mark (Pat), Kurt (Cathy), Christopher (Marc), and Amy Paddock, and by step-grandchildren Michael, David, Ryan, Megan, Britney, Coltin, and Travis.

He is remembered as a vigorous and dedicated leader in the advancement of research and education in journalism; as an administrator who helped build a superlative program and who loyally served the University of Minnesota in many roles; as a teacher and mentor for countless students who have gone on to distinguished careers; as a lover of reading, language, and music; as a passionate Gophers fan; and as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend whose companionship was cherished.

Willard L. "Bill" Holter, longtime Montana radio broadcaster, passed away on March 15, 2005. He was 81.

A native of Hibbing, MN, Holter graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota in 1950 with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. While a student, he worked at KSTP radio in St. Paul, and later worked at radio stations WMFG in Hibbing and KEYZ in Williston, ND before moving to Montana with his wife, Nancy, and their four children.

Holter was well-known in the radio industry across Montana, having owned stations in Helena, Malta, Glasgow, Missoula, Livingston, and Great Falls. In 2002, he was inducted into the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and his radio stations earned "Station of the Year" honors from the Montana Broadcasting Association seven times in his lifetime. He interviewed four presidents--Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush--over the course of his career, and was a Montana delegate to national conventions in 1968 and 1972.

Holter is survived by his wife Nancy, their four children, and six grandchildren.

Charles S. Hurley, journalist and political aide, passed away on May 2, 2005. He was 82.

Mr. Hurley's long career shifted courses several times, ranging from journalism to political activism to academia and public relations. After serving as a Marine Corps radio operator on the Pacific Ocean island of Guadalcanal during World War II, Mr. Hurley graduated from the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism.

His early newspaper career took him to The Fresno Bee, where he became a political writer and city editor. In 1960, he left the paper to become a top aide to then-state Controller Alan Cranston, who later was elected to the U.S. Senate. During the mid-1960s, Mr. Hurley assisted Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta as they organized the United Farm Workers union, and in 1980, he served as a spokesman for President Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign in California.

Later, Mr. Hurley taught journalism at San Jose State University and became a spokesman for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He also wrote for publications of the Episcopal Church's Northern Diocese of California, as well as for Grace Cathedral Quarterly.

He is survived by his wife, Flora Ann, their four children, 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arthur Naftalin, journalist, teacher, and six-term mayor of Minneapolis passed away on May 16, 2005. He was 87.

Naftalin was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, having earned a B.A. in journalism from the School of Journalism in 1939. Naftalin, who called himself an "unreconstructed liberal" became an aide to Hubert H. Humphrey in the early 1940s and was an important part of his early career.

He was elected mayor of Minneapolis for six terms, beginning in 1961. Naftalin, who was Jewish, was certain he would be defeated in the mayoral race because of his religion, but it never was an issue. His tenure as mayor was marked by racial unrest and a partisan council that he constantly fought. In the summer of 1967, he had to call out the National Guard to quell civil disturbances.

"It came as a surprise," Naftalin told a Star Tribune reporter in 1988 from his Loring Park condominium. "I was like most whites; I knew there was a problem there, but I was never really aroused to it. I regarded myself as a liberal and sensitive to the needs of the people, but I really didn't understand the depths of the dispossession of young blacks and the problems they face."

After his tenure as mayor, he became a professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He also moderated "Minnesota Issues," a public affairs television show which aired on KTCA-TV for more than 20 years. He retired from teaching in 1986, and from the television show in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances, as well as three children and five grandchildren.