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June 22, 2021

Douglas Newsom 1934-2012

Beloved by her students, she taught at TCU from 1968 to 2009 and was chair of the journalism department from 1979 to 1986.

B 09-01-5 Douglas Ann Newsom, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA and Professor Emerita in TCU's Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Photo by Carolyn Cruz, January 15, 2009

Photo by Carolyn Cruz

June 22, 2021

Douglas Newsom 1934-2012

Beloved by her students, she taught at TCU from 1968 to 2009 and was chair of the journalism department from 1979 to 1986.

Douglas Newsom, professor emerita of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, encouraged well-rounded public-relations students. She died in Fort Worth on May 21.

She “integrated public relations principles with excellent writing techniques,” said Amiso George, professor of strategic communication.

Newsom developed and directed the advertising/public relations master’s program. She co-authored three public relations textbooks. Among the trailblazer’s accolades, Doug received the 2008 Public Relations Foundation of Texas Educator of the Year Award. In 1982, she was the first woman to receive the Public Relations Society of America’s Educator of the Year Award. In 1985, she was the second woman to serve as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the first public relations educator to hold that office. In 2016, she received PRSA’s Gold Anvil Award, the organization’s highest honor.