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Dr. Gilbert Maienknecht, known as the "father of journalism" at CMU, died Monday, Feb. 3. He was 94.
Maienknecht was the founding chairman of the department in 1959, and retired in 1983 after 30 years at CMU. In 2002, he became the first inductee into the department's Journalism Hall of Fame.
According to his obituary, Maienknecht knew from an early age that he wanted to be a newspaper reporter. After serving in the Army during WWII, he got a reporting job at the Green Bay Gazette.
According to a condolence note from Eleanor Myers Quinlan, who worked with Maienknecht at CMU, he was "the most kind and wonderful person to work with, along with being a good friend. He was a devoted teacher, and there are many journalism alumni out in the work force that he encouraged and mentored."
As stated in his obituary: "He was characterized by his honesty, humility, sense of humor, warm chuckle, fierce loyalty, love of family, exceptional storytelling, and use of pep talks and slogans."
His legacy will continue as two journalism students are awarded The Gilbert O. Maienknecht Scholarship for Merit each spring.