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Subject: Edwin Bayley, Led Berkeley Journalism School

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Date Posted: October 29, 2002 3:22:30 EDT

Edwin R. Bayley, the founding dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, died on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. He was 84 and lived in Carmel, Calif., and Door County, Wis., in recent years.

He suffered from several chronic health problems, which became acute in recent months, said Ray Colvig, a friend and retired public information officer for California campus at Berkeley.

His writings include "Joe McCarthy and the Press" (1981), which won a George Polk Award and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. The book attacked what Mr. Bayley saw as timidity on the part of the press in failing to call McCarthy to account for demagoguery in his anti-Communist crusades. Further, he argued, television networks let McCarthy bully them into giving him free air time.

In 1969, Mr. Bayley, who was then an executive for the National Educational Television network, became the first dean of the new journalism school at California. He held the post until he retired in 1985. He was also a journalism professor while he was dean.

A Chicago native, Edwin Richard Bayley received a bachelor's degree from Lawrence College, now Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wis., and did graduate work in English at Yale.

After working briefly as a reporter and editor for The Green Bay Press-Gazette, he served in the Navy in World War II.

From 1946 to 1959 he worked at The Milwaukee Journal, mostly as its chief political reporter. From 1959 to 1961 he was chief of staff and executive secretary to Gov. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. In 1961 and 1962 Mr. Bayley was a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, serving in the office of the press secretary in Washington.

In the 1960's, he also held executive posts with the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development as well as with National Educational Television, the precursor of the Public Broadcasting Service.

He married Monica Worsley in 1941. She died last March.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary B. Fisk of The Hague; a son, Thomas, of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Lois Matthews of New Zealand; and one granddaughter.

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