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Richard Stolley

Richard Stolley (BSJ52, MSJ53) is a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement of 1997.

Stolley finished his career as senior editorial advisor of Time Inc. in 2014. Stolley was appointed to the post in 1993 upon his retirement as Time Inc.’s editorial director, the second-highest editorial management position at the company. From 1995 to 1996, he also held a dual job as executive producer of "Extra," a Time Warner Co. daily syndicated television show. Stolley has been a reporter, writer, bureau chief, senior editor and managing editor at Time since 1953.

While working for Life magazine, he convinced Abraham Zapruder to sell the only known film of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination for $150,000.

During his career, Stolley served as assistant managing editor and managing editor of Life magazine, founding managing editor of People magazine, and director of special projects for Time Inc. In 1996, Stolley was named to the American Society of Magazine Editors newly inaugurated Hall of Fame.

Stolley has served on Medill’s Board of Advisers since its first meeting in 1984.

Stolley passed away June 17, 2021.