Alumni: 1960s

Staying in touch with old friends and professors also is a way to stay in touch with The Media School. Check out these Class Notes by era.


John Potter, BS’60, retired in 2004 after working in television for 44 years. He began as a page at NBC and retired after his 23rd year producing the People’s Choice Awards on CBS. He has since written six novels, including Honorbound and Hold Your Horses, all available on Amazon. He lives in Arizona with his wife and is working on his seventh novel. (August 2016)

David George, BA’61, lives in Gainesville, Georgia, with Gisela, his wife of 53 years. In 2012, David retired after working for 20 years in local news and 26 years with CNN in Atlanta. (June 2018)

T. Nelson Williams Sr., MA’63, died May 28, 2018, in Alpharetta, Georgia. He was 85. Williams was the founder and first dean of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Liberia, where he also obtained his bachelor of arts degree in 1958 before attending Indiana University for his master’s degree.

Williams served as chief of press and publications, chief of research and reference, deputy director general and undersecretary and deputy minister of information, cultural affairs and tourism when he joined the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia.

He also joined the LAMCO (Liberian-American-Swedish Mining Company) Joint Venture in 1973, becoming director of information and public relations, before returning to work for his alma mater.

In 1964, Williams married University of Liberia biology graduate Ethel Ledlow.

Sheldon Shafer, BA’66, retired from the Louisville Courier-Journal after 44 years as a reporter. His beat revolved around local government, politics, development and many Louisville agencies. Shafer estimates that he has written 25,000 stories. (December 2017)

Dennis Elliott, BA’69, MA’10, is author of Armageddon of a Different Order: Wake up, America. He served as a lecturer at the IU School of Journalism (a Media School predecessor) with a focus on public relations and media ethics courses and as faculty adviser to IU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Elliott worked in a variety of roles for the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years, including roles in advertising, marketing, new product development and public affairs. (January 2019)

Margaret “Maggie” Hillery, BA’69, serves as interim editor of the Madison (Indiana) Courier. She oversees the newsroom during a transition period following the retirement of former editor Elliot Tompkin.

Hillery has extensive experience in the newspaper industry, having held positions including night copy chief at the Chicago Sun-Times and editor-in-chief at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. She was also editor of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill magazine, training consultant for Thomson Newspapers and managing editor of United Methodist News Service, among a number of other positions in news and journalism.

Hillery has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; the University of Texas at Austin and The Media School. (December 2017)

Anita (Essex) Gyojin Cherlin, BAJ’67, returned to Columbus, Indiana, in 2010 after 42 years in California, most recently working at Stanford Hospital in Silicon Valley. She devotes much of her time in Columbus to the Democratic party of Bartholomew County, working to get candidates elected. (March 2017)

Craig Klugman, BA’67, is retiring after 33 years as editor of the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne. Klugman has led the paper to numerous awards, including the Hoosier State Press Association’s Blue Ribbon Newspaper of the Year award. He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009. (December 2015)

Dave McAllister, BA’67, retired in 2004 from a public affairs specialist position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He lives in Minden, Nevada, during the summer with his husband, Dick Beamer, and in Palm Springs, California, in the winter. He travels internationally often and enjoys volunteering in a number of capacities. (October 2017)

Tom Newby, BA’68, retired after 18 years as a judicial law clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals. “I now spend most of my time in New York City, because I can,” he said. (April 2017)

Charles Sachs, BS’68, became interested in the historic sinking of the Titanic when he was in fifth grade at the Madison School in South Bend and has flourished into a career of expertise. While studying Radio TV at IU, he even produced a short film about the Titanic for one of his courses.

Since graduating from IU, Sachs has been a consultant on the feature film Raise the Titanic, helped research for the expedition that found the sunken ship, and was a major character in the IMAX film Titanica, which followed his expedition crew to uncover artifacts from the ship. He established the Oceanic Navigation Research Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the study of the history of ocean liner travel. Pictures from his collection have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Art and Antiques and Compass, and he has lectured on more than 70 cruises. (March 2016)

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