After a brief illness, Poynter senior faculty member and adviser Paul Pohlman, 70, has died.

Pohlman started teaching at The Poynter Institute in 1979 and 10 years later joined the Institute full-time as head of what was then called the Management Center. In the 24 years since, he led leadership programs and coordinated international training. He also consulted and advised as associate dean, interim dean, a valued colleague and in many other capacities.

Friends celebrated Paul's 70th birthday last June by wearing masks like the one he's holding in this photo.

Pohlman was part of the Poynter team that helped establish The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years he taught in South Africa as part of the program.

"We think we've made a difference [there] -- gradual, but certainly progress," he told the Cornell Report in 1997.

In 1991, Poynter Library Director David Shedden interviewed Pohlman about his life and career:

Before coming to Poynter, Pohlman was director of management development programs and newspaper management education at the University of Chicago, where he also earned a master's degree in history. His undergraduate degree comes from Cornell College in Iowa.

He is survived by his brother, sister-in-law, four nieces and his extended Poynter family.

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