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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

J-School honors six alumni,   p. 23

Page 23

along with the stock market and everything else. In 1937-38
Wisconsin's graduate enrollment bounded back to 17 students,
was struck down again during the World War II years 1941-
45, then bounded upwards in 1945-46 to 20, staying above
that figure in every year since, reaching a record high of 39
in 1948-49.
  Most of these graduate student assistants in journalism at
Wisconsin-bearing the stamp of Bleyer-men or Hyde-men
or Nafziger-men, so well are the directors of Wisconsin's
School of Journalism known among the nation's journalism
educators-have gone on to make names for themselves in
journalism teaching. Among those who have become direc-
tors of journalism teaching have been Ralph Casey, Minne-
sota; Kenneth E. Olson, Northwestern; Fred Siebert, Illinois;
Niel Plummer, Kentucky; Fred Merwin, Rutgers; Henry
Ladd Smith, Washington; Gordon Sabine, Oregon; Chilton R.
Bush, Stanford; Roy French, Southern California; Robert
Desmond, California; Ray Nixon, Emory, and James Ford,
Montana-like a journalism network across the nation.
   A total of 207 men and women have earned their master's
 degrees in journalism since graduate work was first offered in
 1925 and a number of these have been awarded the Ph.D.
 with minors in journalism. In the last few years three have
 been granted the Ph.D. in Mass Communications, and it
 should be explained that this is an interdisciplinary program
 of graduate courses in journalism and in one or more other
                J-School Honor
 HE RECORD of Wisconsin journalism graduates is some-
 thing of which the University can be proud. Not all have
 reached fame and/or fortune-but those are two relative
 things, anyway.
   J-School alumni have landed in many jobs, doing many
 strange things. Probably less than half are in the newspaper
 business. The lines of communication have lengthened tre-
 mendously since 1905-into the airwaves, for example, and
 into executive public relations offices.
    Now the Wisconsin School of Journalism has taken official
  note of a few of these alumni who have contributed much to
  journalism. With approval of the Board of Regents, these
  former Wisconsin students are the first recipients of the
  School's citation for service to the fourth estate:
    Irwhin Maier, '21, Milwaukee Journal publisher, who has
  pioneered in such newspaper-publishing advancements as con-
  sumer research and run-of-paper color and taken the lead in
  building the solvency of the American press through various
    Lloyd Lehrbas, '19, for clear, courageous reporting and in-
  terpretation of international developments, for pioneering
  work in developing sound newsreels and newsmagazines, and
  for distinguished government service in the military and as
  special assistant to Secretaries of State and Navy;
    Marquis Childs, '23, a "newspaperman's newspaperman,
  because of his contributions to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  and as Washington correspondent and columnist, his author-
  ship of seven distinguished books, and his standing as an
  advanced student and teacher of journalism;
    A. Walter Seiler, '07, who climbed through the ranks to
  the presidency of one of Wisconsin's largest advertising agen-
  cies (Cramer-Krasselt) and has helped build the standards
  of his profession through the American Association of
  Advertising Agencies;
  FEBRUARY, 1955
                                 Grant M. Hyde
University departments. Since 1914, Wisconsin's School of
Journalism has granted 1,851 Bachelor of Arts degrees, and
269 Bachelor of Science degrees have been granted since 1949,
when this sequence of journalistic study stressing science
courses bore its first fruit. Including the three doctor's degrees
                  (continued on page 36)
is Six Alumni
   Louis Lochner. '09, dean of American newspaper corre-
 spondents, Pulitzer prize winner in 1939 for foreign reporting,
 author with varied interests, and former editor of the Wis-
 consin Alumnus, and
   Kenneth Payne, '15, executive editor of Readers Digest,
 because of early wide experience as writer, foreign correspon-
 dent and editor and later development of the magazine which
 has had such great impact on publishing concepts and reading
 habits, in America and in foreign lands.
Seiler              Payne
Lochner              Maier

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