Honoring deans, past and present, at Centennial Celebration

The School of Journalism will honor its deans, past and present, in ceremonies and socials during its centennial celebration.

A century after Dean Stone held the first journalism classes in Army tents on the Oval, the UM School of Journalism is celebrating 100 years of scholastic success. Much of that success is credited to the men and women at the helm, the deans.

The J-School celebrates its centennial the weekend of Sept. 26-29 with an honoring of its deans over the century. Former dean Charlie Hood, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at a reception beginning Friday at 3 p.m. in Don Anderson Hall.  

Hood earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UM Journalism, was on the faculty for 26 years, 10 of those as dean. Charlie was a highly respected journalist and an early promoter of international student experiences. He was a beloved colleague and remained involved with UM and the J-School until his death from Parkinson’s disease in 2013. Charlie’s wife, Jana Hood, will accept the award from UM President Royce Engstrom at the afternoon ceremony.

Arthur Stone, the school’s first dean, will be remembered with the unveiling of an exciting gift from his family immediately following the Distinguished Alumnus ceremony. In attendance will be Stone’s great, great granddaughter Kathleen Stone, now a student at Montana Journalism.

The school’s newly-hired dean, Larry Abramson, is excited to meet the hundreds of alums headed to Missoula to celebrate. “It’s a big deal to keep a school going and keep it as productive, successful and happy a place as this is for 100 years,” said Abramson.

“We have people coming in who graduated over 40 years ago. I’m really touched by how loyal people are.”

- posted on 09/13/14 -