Former UF Journalism Dean Ralph Lowenstein Dies After Stroke



Ralph Lynn Lowenstein, lauded as a visionary in the news industry and who led the University of Florida’s journalism school for nearly two decades in the post-Watergate era, died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 90.

Lowenstein co-authored a landmark academic book in 1971 in which he predicted the “personal retrieval stage” of mass communication, predicting that anyone would be able to retrieve infinite amounts of specialized content from central computers.

“It seemed to me so natural, that rather than doing tons of newspapers, delivering them in cars, gasoline and everything else, that everything was going to be transmitted by television, too,” Lowenstein said in a 2016 interview.

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