Syracuse University Magazine

Newhouse Mourns Loss of Beloved Professor


Bill Glavin, a longtime magazine journalism professor at the Newhouse School, died May 7 in Syracuse, following a battle with cancer. He was 67. Glavin was known to his colleagues and students—and to the thousands of alumni who once sat in his classroom—as one of the school's most talented, caring, and beloved professors. Before joining the Newhouse faculty in 1973, he served as an editor with Good Housekeeping and had worked on the news desk at The Boston Globe.

The author of The Art of Writing Non-Fiction, Glavin taught at Newhouse for 37 years, including serving for 15 years as chair of the magazine journalism department. His dedication to students earned him recognition as a Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence—Syracuse University's highest teaching honor—in the program's first year. In 2008, the Glavin Magazine Lab was funded and named in his honor by a former student, Stacey Mindich '86, and dedicated by David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker. The lab, located in Newhouse 1, serves as a hub for magazine journalism students.

In one of his last acts—and typical of his devotion to students—Glavin established the Bill Glavin Endowed Internship Fund for Newhouse students who need support in pursuing summer industry internships. According to Professor Melissa Chessher, chair of the magazine journalism department and a friend of Glavin's, Glavin said, "Please tell people that I won't need flowers or memorials where I'm going. If they want to do something to remember me, give to this fund and a student."

Magazine journalism department students organized a celebration of Glavin's life, wit, and wisdom on May 12 in Hendricks Chapel. A campus-wide memorial service was also being planned. "The best way to remember and honor him will be to live your lives, love your work, and write fiercely and passionately about the topics that matter most to you," Chessher said in a written statement to Glavin's students, former students, colleagues, and friends. "Make a difference." —Wendy Loughlin

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Contributions may be made to: Bill Glavin Endowed Internship Fund,
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications,215 University Place, Room 400,
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100; online contributions: (indicate Glavin Fund).