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Elie Abel, Former Dean of School of Journalism , Dies at 83

Elie Abel, an instrumental dean of the School of Journalism serving from 1969 through 1979 died on July 22 in Rockville, Md. He was 83. Abel is perhaps best known at Columbia for creating the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in economics and business reporting.

Born in 1920 in Montreal, Abel attended McGill University , where he received his B.A. in 1941. In 1942, he received an M.A. from Columbia's Schol of Journalism.

After leaving Columbia, he joined the North American Newspaper Alliance, spending two years in Berlin to cover Germany's post-war governance. In 1949 he joined The New York Times, holding foreign posts in Belgrade and New Delhi. In 1961 Abel was hired by NBC and served as the State Department correspondent, London Bureau chief and chief diplomatic correspondent.

In 1969, Columbia University President Andrew W. Cordier appointed Abel the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism and dean of the School of Journalism.

Abel was the co-author of six books, including "Roots of Involvement: The U.S. in Asia, 184-1971" (1971) and "Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin" (1975).

After serving as dean, Abel joined Stanford University, where he was chair of the communications department from 1983 to 1986. He retired in 1991.

Abel is survived by his second wife, Charlotte Hammond Page Dunn; a son, Mark, of Richmond, Calif., and a daughter, Suzanne, of Palo Alto, Calif. Abel's first wife of 45 years, Corinne Adelaide Prevost, died in 1991.

Published: Aug 04, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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