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Benjamin Baldwin, Professor Emeritus of Journalism

March 1, 2005

Benjamin Baldwin, 85, professor emeritus of journalism, died Feb. 22 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Mr. Baldwin, who taught at the Medill School of Journalism for 28 years before retiring in 1984, died after a long illness.

Mr. Baldwin served as chairman of the editorial department and director of the Teaching Newspaper Program at Medill and director of the National High School Institute journalism division. In 1984 he received the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award.

Before teaching at Medill, he worked as a news writer at the Voice of America and in news and sports at WOR radio in New York. From 1946 to 1948 he served as a newswriter at WGN radio in Chicago while teaching part time at Medill.

Mr. Baldwin began his master's degree at Medill in the fall of 1941 but was drafted into the Army the following February, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. In January 1946, he returned to Northwestern and received his master’s degree. He received a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University

Funeral services were planned in Hilton Head Island, where Mr. Baldwin had lived since his retirement. A memorial service will be held later at the Medill School.

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