Sept. 6, 1926 ~ Sept. 24, 2012
Milton Clifford Hollstein, 86, University of Utah emeritus professor of communication, life-long journalist
and former weekly "Media Monitor" columnist for The Deseret News died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the University of Utah Medical Center after a courageous battle with kidney failure. Although he was home-bound for several months, he maintained his upbeat attitude and sense of humor and pursued his daily favorite pastimes of visiting with family members, reading books, and completing crossword puzzles. He was a loving husband, married 64 years to his wife Shirley, and a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In his later years, he became an avid artist who filled his home with original oil paintings of family members, scenes from his many travels, and creative and modern artistic approaches. He was also an enthusiastic sports fan, especially University of Utah football and basketball, and the Utah Jazz.
He was born September 6, 1926, in Salt Lake City, to German immigrants Erick O.H. and Elizabeth Kalt Hollstein. He married Shirley Francis Waller September 1, 1948. She survives, as does a daughter, Dr. Helynne (Lynne) Hansen (Lawrence), a professor of French at Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO; a son, Dr. Mark Hollstein (Yoshiko), a professor of Asian Studies at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan; three grandchildren, Lt. Joseph Hansen, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX; Mary Hansen Booth, Salt Lake City; and Kristof Hollstein, Osaka, Japan; four great-grandchildren, Dorothy Hansen, Elliot Hansen, Jordan Booth, and Ruby Hansen; and a brother, Raymond, Salt Lake City. Another son, John, died in 1977.
He was a 1943 graduate of South High School. He began his professional journalism career as a copy boy for the old Salt Lake Telegram in the summer of 1942. Later that year he became a regular reporter and writer for the Salt Lake Tribune as well as Tribune school correspondent and editor of his student newspaper, The South Scribe. He set his course on journalism much earlier, however, when, beginning at age 8, he wrote regularly for the Tribune's children's publication, Tribune Junior.
He graduated in political science from the University of Utah in 1948 and remained ever an enthusiastic U. supporter. As a 17-year-old freshman, he was sports editor of the student Utah Chronicle, after World War II was associate editor when the paper went daily and in his senior year was editor-in-chief.
He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, Kappa Tau Alpha honorary journalism society, Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary, and Sigma Delta Chi, and its successor, the Society of Professional Journalists. He served in the Navy two years in World War II as a yeoman.
He earned his master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1949 and his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Iowa
in 1955. He taught journalism as a graduate student at Iowa from 1952 to 1954.
From 1954 to 1961, he was director of the journalism program at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. In 1961, he returned to the faculty of the University of Utah, always deeming it a dream opportunity to teach at his alma mater. He had started his teaching career there as a teaching associate in 1949 while covering the City and County Building as a reporter for the Tribune. He was assistant director of public relations and instructor in journalism in 1951-52. He became chairman of the Department of Journalism in 1962 and dedicated himself to building it and serving its growing student body. He stepped down from the chairmanship in 1972 on the merger of the journalism and speech departments.
He wrote much on journalism ethnics, including more than 600 "Media Monitor" columns for the Deseret News form 1980 to 1996. He won the Deseret News's first "distinguished contributor" award in 1992. He also co-authored a textbook in editing, wrote for the academic and professional press book chapters, monographs, research studies, news articles, as well as newspaper and magazine features and essays.
He served on the board of directors and as secretary of the Faculty Club, two terms in the University Senate, and in many other university committee and governance positions.
He taught a wide variety of courses, from introductory level to graduate seminars. He often was invited to teach in the Honors programs and was an Honors adviser. He was especially admired as a teacher of writing and editing by three generations of students who went on to news careers nationwide. He created many new courses, notably media ethnics and international communication. He taught photography as a young professor and remained an enthusiastic travel photographer. He originated, and for more than 30 years taught, three popular extension courses by correspondence study. He was fascinated by the magazine industry and produced, as a Magazine Publishers Association research fellow, a guide to publishing new magazines. He taught journalism research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and supervised more than 50 graduate theses and dissertations.
An expert in international communication and comparative journalism, he visited or lived in more than 50 countries. He was a Fulbright professor at the University of Rangoon, Burma, in 1960-61, and a Fulbright professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing in 1987-88. He wrote widely about problems, especially issues of press freedom, in those countries and in Portugal, France, England, Germany, Scandinavia, Holland, Russia and Japan. He also was one of the first mass media scholars to write about the new Eastern European press in study visits to Yugoslavia in 1972, and to East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He headed a study-abroad program in Cologne, Germany, for a consortium of Western universities in 1979. In 1989 he was a United States Information Agency Ampart lecturer in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan. He was frequently invited as a participant in national and international symposia and seminars and a speaker at professional and civic gatherings.
Early in his career he was a full-time reporter for the Deseret News as well as the Tribune. After becoming a professor he often worked summers and part-time as an editor or writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines in order to build his specialties and sharpen his professional expertise. These included The Salt Lake Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal's National Observer, the European edition of the Army daily Stars and Stripes, the weekly Murray Eagle, and Vance magazine of Chicago and Kansas City. For five years in the late 1950s, he was Northwestern California regional correspondent for Time, Life, Sports Illustrated and other Time, Inc., publications.
He served eight years as a national officer of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary scholastic society in journalism and mass communication, two as its president, and was named KTA outstanding chapter adviser in 1996. He was active in the Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication and related organizations.
His University of Utah colleagues honored him with the Department of Communication Services to Journalism Award in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He served as president of the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1966-67 and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1986. The award noted his "multiple contributions" to Utah Journalism and cited his "Media Monitor" column as "important to the quality of Utah journalism, thoughtful, knowledgeable and provocative in the most responsible sense." In 2002 he received the Utah Press Association's John E. Jones distinguished service award and in 2007 he was inducted into the Utah Chronicle Hall of Fame.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday September 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be held at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 East Crestview Dr., Salt Lake City, at noon Monday October 1, viewing from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory may be made to the Milton Hollstein Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Department of Communication University of Utah 84112.