Studs Terkel, renowned oral historian and radio host from Chicago passed away this past Friday (Oct. 31, 2008). According to his obituary in the New York Times, [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/books/01terkel.html?scp=2&sq=studs%20terkel&st=cse] (Accessed 5. Nov. 2008) some Terkel’s best know works include Division Street: America (1966), Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970) and Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974). He also won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction writing in 1985.
Terkel also has a Ripon connection. In 1989, the theme for commencement focused on the “World of the Media” and it’s responsibility in society. Terkel along with Margaret Andreasen and Richard D. Threlkeld ’59 received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.