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Broadcast journalist, educator Jules Dundes dies at 79
STANFORD -- Jules Dundes, Stanford University lecturer emeritus in communication and director of Stanford's Summer Mass Media Institute for many years, died of pneumonia March 23 in San Francisco at the age of 79.
Dundes began his role as a respected teacher of broadcasting and its role in society at Stanford in 1969, and was a full-time lecturer in the Department of Communication from 1972 until his formal retirement in 1982. He continued as director of the Summer Mass Media Institute until 1989. The institute offers workshops in many mass media fields.
His teaching followed a long and distinguished career in broadcasting at CBS, where he began as a copy writer in the promotion department. He became manager of KCBS in San Francisco, and eventually went on to become vice president of CBS Radio in New York. He was a major factor in the rise of broadcast editorials at CBS owned and operated stations.
In 1961 he returned to San Francisco to be both vice president and general manager of KCBS.
Although he had extensive contacts with graduate students, his great pleasure was teaching undergraduates and making them aware of the importance of free speech and the First Amendment. He was vocal in pointing out the responsibilities of broadcasters to the public.
Among the undergraduates whom he mentored at Stanford are people who went on to be broadcast news anchors, station managers, nationally known figures in communication law, and television news directors, executives and producers.
Dundes was educated in New York City public schools, including City College of New York. He was active in community affairs in San Francisco, serving as president and a member of the board of directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and as a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
Dundes is survived by his wife, Frances, of San Francisco; daughters Leslie Holzner of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Suresa Dundes of San Francisco; and four grandchildren. A memorial fund in Jules Dundes' name has been established in the Department of Communication. The family is planning a memorial service for later this spring.
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