Communication Practices & Contexts

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Samuel L. Becker 1923 - 2012

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies Samuel L. "Sam" Becker died on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the age of 89. Professor Becker, a UI alumnus, was a beloved figure for the University of Iowa, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Department of Communication Studies, and the countless students, faculty colleagues, staff members, and community members who were touched by his more than 70 years of scholarship, mentorship, and friendship at the UI.

Tributes to Sam:

Sam Becker Video Profile

Bruce Gronbeck's tribute letter


Bruce E. Gronbeck 1941 - 2014

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, Bruce Elliott Gronbeck of Longmont, Colorado, died September 10, 2014 in Iowa City doing what he loved so much: being with his friends and colleagues at the University of Iowa. He delivered his last lecture Tuesday, and then hours before his death on Wednesday, was bathed in love and gratitude from his colleagues and students at a celebratory dinner.

Tributes to Bruce:

Iowa City Celebration of Life

Iowa City Celebration of Life Program

Colorado Celebration of Life 

Wendy Gronbeck's tribute for the occasion of the Alumni Fellows reception, Sept. 11, 2014.

Words of tribute from around the world

Obermann Center Tribute

Interview with Bruce Gronbeck

Tribute from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Bruce's lectures at the University of Jyväskylä in 2009

Press Citizen article

Photos from the 2014 Gronbeck Alumni Fellow events

Photos of Bruce 

2014 NCA Panel- Remembering Bruce: A Tribute to Bruce Gronbeck