Monday, January 8, 2007

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Cole Campbell, a newspaperman and journalism professor known for his futuristic approach, died Jan. 5 after his vehicle overturned on an icy road. He was 53.

Mr. Campbell was a former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, and became head of the journalism school at the University of Nevada at Reno in 2004.

Mr. Campbell was “an innovator, a daring thinker,” said Roy Peter Clark, vice president and senior scholar at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Mr. Campbell was a fellow in 2000.

Warren Lerude, former editor and publisher of the Reno Gazette-Journal and a professor at Nevada-Reno, described Mr. Campbell as “the type of journalist, as an editor and educator, who embraced the future.”

“He was leading the faculty, students and staff in defining the new technology and the continuing ethical questions that arrive not only in traditional media, but in new media as well,” Mr. Lerude said.

One of the best examples of Mr. Campbell’s vision was the school’s first-year graduate program in environmental journalism, which focused on Lake Tahoe, school officials said.

The program took a multimedia approach to storytelling while stressing the value that serious journalism can have in solving major issues, said Larry Dailey, one of the university’s journalism professors.

“He had an undiluted optimism. He was very concerned about the future of the industry, but he lived his concern in such a way where those around him couldn’t help but change that concern into optimism,” Mr. Dailey said.

Mr. Campbell was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program of the Media Management Center at Northwestern University and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine, one son and a daughter.

Terrell Hansen, 65, transplant recipient

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Terrell Hansen, who as a heart transplant recipient and friend of author Michael Connelly inspired the best-selling novel “Blood Work,” died Jan. 2 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from a stroke. He was 65.

After heart disease was diagnosed in 1991, Mr. Hansen was forced to retire as a mechanical engineer at a company manufacturing heavy construction equipment. He was placed on a waiting list for a transplant and became a part-time book dealer.

Mr. Hansen met Mr. Connelly at a book signing in 1992 for Mr. Connelly’s first novel, “The Black Echo,” and a friendship developed.

Watching Mr. Hansen recover from a heart transplant in 1993, Mr. Connelly said he realized his friend “was hit pretty hard by survivor’s guilt, the sense of feeling badly that someone died in order for him to live.”

Mr. Hansen, who was 51 when he received the transplant, never met the family of his donor but knew she was an 18-year-old killed in an auto accident.

Mr. Hansen gave Mr. Connelly complete access to his life in researching for the novel, and the writer accompanied him on doctor visits.

“Blood Work,” his tale of a retired FBI agent who investigates the death of the young woman whose heart he received in surgery, was published in 1998 and hit the New York Times best-seller list.

Mr. Connelly dedicated “Blood Work” to Mr. Hansen, naming his main character Terry McCaleb, taking Mr. Hansen’s first name and that of Mr. Connelly’s daughter.

“Blood Work” was turned into a 2002 film of the same name, directed and starred in by Clint Eastwood.

Mr. Hansen’s survivors include his wife, Linda.

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