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Former Dean Janeway passes away

Michael Janeway, an accomplished print journalist and dean of Medill from 1989-1997, died on Wednesday, April 16.

Janeway most recently served as administrator of the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

As dean of Medill, Janeway led the rededication of Fisk Hall in 1989 and said he strived to create a “forum [at the school] where critical issues in journalism are explored and students are exposed to issues in addition to receiving the fine teaching the school is known for.” He also served as a professor of journalism at Medill.

Professor Donna R Leff appreciated Dean Janeway’s ability to build lasting relationships for Medill.

“He connected through Newton Minow to the Annenberg Program in Washington, which supported faculty research and helped start the global program at Medill,” Leff said. “The program still sends graduate students abroad for a fifth quarter in the MSJ track.”

Janeway’s professional resume included executive editor of the Trade and Reference Division of the Houghton Mifflin Co. publishing house from 1987-1989. Before that, he was editor of The Boston Globe (1986-1987) and executive editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1975-1977).  A 1962 Harvard University graduate, Janeway’s career began when he received a traveling fellowship from the university and joined Newsday as a features reporter.

Janeway was the co-editor and contributor of “Who we Are: An Atlantic Chronicle of the United States and Vietnam” (1968), editor of “Republic of Denial: Press, Politics, and Public Life” (1999) and co-editor and contributor of “A Story of our Time: American Politics and the Press in an Era of Loss” (1999).

Funeral arrangements are currently pending.