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NCEW bids farewell to two great journalism academics.

Harry W. Stonecipher

Harry W. Stonecipher, longtime NCEW member and professor emeritus of journalism at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, died on December 26, 2004, in Carbondale. He was 86.

Mr. Stonecipher taught at SIU-C from 1969 to 1984. His teaching and research interests included editorial writing, news reporting, journalism law, legal research, and press freedom.

His academic research resulted in the publication of three books: Editorial and Persuasive Writing, Electronic Age News Editing, and The Mass Media and the Law in Illinois, as well as numerous articles in scholarly publications and legal journals. In retirement, he authored a book of memoirs, Meaningful Connections: A Personal Retrospection, co-published in 1995 by Steindorff Press.

He served as deputy director of the school of journalism for four years and headed the news/editorial faculty from 1974 until his retirement in 1984.

In his book, Editorial and Persuasive Writing, published in 1990, he notes:

"One of the often repeated criticisms of the press is that it does not engage sufficiently in mutual self-criticism. Editorialists, however, have benefited from such criticism for more than thirty years. The catalyst for this self-examination is usually identified as the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW), which was founded in 1947. The Masthead, the quarterly publication of the NCEW, has been filled with criticism of editorial pages through the years."

He also "was a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, six nephews and nieces, and a sister-in-law. Memorials may be made to the Harry W. and Helen M. Stonecipher Scholarship Fund for scholarships in journalism at the SIU Foundation, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, Illinois 62901.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid, professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Illinois and longtime NCEW member, died on December 15, 2004.

He was a 1962 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He began his career working summers in northwest Illinois as a reporter and copy editor at the Freeport Journal-Standard. In 1966, two years after receiving his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern, Mr. Reid became an editorial writer for the Lindsay-Schaub newspaper chain. He took a job as the managing editor of the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale two years later.

Mr. Reid returned to writing editorials for the Lindsay-Schaub newspaper chain in 1972. In 1979, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a visiting lecturer in journalism and became a faculty member the next year. He retired in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter, Laura Barnes; and a son, John. Mr. Reid had been a member of NCEW since January 1967.

Memorials may be made to the College of Communications UIF Reid Minority Fund for the recruitment fund, c/o College of Communications at the University of Illinois, 119 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street, Urbania, Illinois 61801.
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Date:Mar 22, 2005
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