Celebration of a Giant in West Coast Journalism      JMC@SJSU



Dr. Dwight Bentel
1909 - 2012

Extraordinary Journalist, Photojournalist,
 School of Journalism and Mass Communications
San Jose State University

Great Champion of First Amendment Rights. Stressed accuracy and truth to earn public trust.

Our beloved and legendary JMC School founder, Dr. Dwight Bentel has passed away.
He died May 16, 2012 at the age of 103. Truly he had a long life, fulfilled by an enduring
passion for journalism which inspired tens of thousands of students and graduates since
he start the journalism program at San Jose State University in 1936.

The JMC School family worldwide shares a collective feeling of profound loss,
but we look forward to honoring him and celebrating on our campus in the months
ahead his many great accomplishments.

Dr. Bentel would be very proud to know the faculty and staff of the Spartan Daily student
newspaper worked overnight to post online the first story of his life and passing.

We invite you to read and watch their video tribute to Dr. Bentel:

Dr. Charles Bullock, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, and I are
working to contact as many alumni as possible to let everyone know that we have begun
planning a major campus tribute to Dr. Dwight Bentel during the fall semester.

At this time, in lieu of flowers, the JMC School suggests gifts of support in
Dwight Bentel's memory be sent to the newly established

First Amendment Champions Fund
at San Jose State University.

Our good thoughts, prayers and warm embrace go out to all of Dr. Bentel's family,
friends, media colleagues and former students.

We welcome any remembrances you might want to offer and have posted here
or on the SJSU Journalism School website and SJSU JMC Facebook page.

We also welcome any photos you have of Dr. Bentel,
or photos from your time at SJSU.

Please email them to me at: robert.rucker@sjsu.edu.

Thank you. May God rest and reward his wonderful soul.

Prof. Bob Rucker
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
San Jose State University


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