A Columbia Writing Class Prepares A Publisher for a Somber Assignment

In The East Hampton Star, the newspaper’s publisher Helen S. Rattray remembers a colleague and recalls taking a Postbaccalaureate class in journalism through the School of Professional Studies (then known as the School of Continuing Education):

“Long ago, when I was about to marry into The East Hampton Star family, I took a course at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education on how to write obituaries....The professor was Richard Baker, a dean of the School of Journalism, where I had a job. The exercise was simple: He handed out fictional information about someone who had died, and the task was to put a story together in a logical and readable manner.”

The exercise, she says, was prophetic, as years later, she and her team would have to eulogize a departed staff member.

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