Journalism Program/Donald Murray
Remembering Don Murray, 1924-2006
Because Don Murray started the UNH journalism program in 1963, we like to think of ourselves as his big accomplishment. But Don (UNH 1948) was also a Pulitzer Prize winner, author of dozens of books, and a master teacher of writing. For 20 years he wrote a weekly Boston Globe column, called at first "Over Sixty" and later "Now and Then." In the New York Times magazine in 1998, Max Frankel wrote of that column, "There is only one correspondent truly covering the terror-filled front of old age: Donald M. Murray, a poet in prose."
Don's pioneering work in the teaching of writing influenced generations of writers, editors and teachers around the country and the world. His death on Dec. 30, 2006, prompted many of those people to write and talk about his impact on their lives. As David Cohen '66 put it, "We former students and acolytes of Don's are legion, and we experience his passing as if we were indeed his children."
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