Grady College legend passes away

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Conrad Fink, Regents Professor of Journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, died Jan. 14 in Athens after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 80. Known simply as “Fink” to his colleagues and former students, he came to UGA 30 years ago after a successful career as a journalist and news executive with the Associated Press in the U.S., southeast Asia and London. Following the AP, Fink served as executive vice president for Park Communications, a newspaper, television and radio company operating in 18 states. He graduated in 1954 from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of science degree in journalism and was the School of Journalism Outstanding Graduate. He was also a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Fink was appointed professor at the Grady College in 1983. In 1990 he became director of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies. He was named William S. Morris Professor of Newspaper Strategy and Management in 1995 and held the Morris Chair at his death. Among his many teaching honors he was a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, recipient of the Regents Teaching Excellence Award and was named Freedom Forum’s 2002 National Journalism Teacher of the Year. Last year, Fink was the first faculty member to be inducted into the Grady Fellowship, a society of Grady’s most accomplished alumni and friends.