Robin Spielberger said.
She called her father "old school," and said he insisted on wearing a coat and tie every day he taught.
Former student Bob McLean, a 1976 graduate, called Spielberger "an inspiring mentor."
"He was a wonderfully supportive instructor in the classroom, but I think he probably did us more good outside the classroom by helping us figure out where we fit into the communications industry," McLean said. Spielberger set students up with industry leaders across the city just so they could network and ask questions about what it was really like to work in television, newspapers or radio.
His work with students extended to the school newspaper, the Daily Helmsman, where he served as the advertising adviser. Former coworker Ken Garland called him "a student's professor" because "they could always find him."
Kelley Lash, executive director of the College Media Association — a title Spielberger held for almost 30 years — said the organization's members refer to him as "Mr. CMA."
"He was just the epitome of what a college media adviser should be and did more for our profession than anybody would be able to recognize," she said.
Visitation will be Saturday at noon at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave. A service will follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a scholarship in his name. To donate, go to www.memphis.edu/give and designate the gift to the Professor Ron Spielberger Memorial Journalism Scholarship fund.
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FALLING FOR FLOWERS CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/CHRIS MCLEAN Although fall will begin next week the flowers at Mineral Palace Park and elsewhere around town are still in full bloom and experiencing a revival for a time in the cooler weather after surviving a sizzling summer. The season is expected to go out with a hot temperatures forecast through the weekend and into next week.
Published: September 16, 2016; Last modified: September 16, 2016 10:37PM
CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/CHRIS MCLEAN
Although fall will begin next week, the flowers at Mineral Palace Park and elsewhere around town are still in full bloom and experiencing a revival for a time in the cooler weather after surviving a sizzling summer. The season is expected to go out with hot temperatures forecast through the weekend and into next week.
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