- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - David Littlejohn, who taught journalism at the University of California, Berkeley for 35 years, urging students to be bold storytellers and critics, died. He was 78.

Littlejohn died June 4 at his Kensington, California, home, his son, Greg Littlejohn of Nevada City, told the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1BbXLQ2 ).

He was remembered by those closest to him as a generous man with an adventurous spirit.

“He was a giving man,” Greg Littlejohn said, “one of the most giving people you’ll ever meet. I was lucky in that, as an adult, he was a friend to me, not just a father.”

Born in San Francisco in 1937, he attended Junipero Serra High in San Mateo before graduating in 1959 from UC Berkeley, where he studied architecture. He went on to get his doctorate from Harvard University. In 1963, he began teaching at Berkeley in what he described as his “dream job.”

Littlejohn was a professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Journalism who was recognized for his work as a writer and television host.

He worked as a “critic at large,” hosting a weekly show on public television and eventually writing for publications including the Times of London and the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to his son, Littlejohn is survived by his daughter, Victoria Littlejohn of Burbank, California, as well as a brother, three sisters and three grandchildren.

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Information from: The San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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