Marion Lewenstein, Stanford professor of communication (teaching), emerita, and one of the first journalists to cover what would become known as Silicon Valley, died March 6 of complications of heart and circulatory disease at her home in Palo Alto. She was 93.
Lewenstein joined Stanford as a teaching professor in 1975. In 1978, she was awarded a Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education. She also served as academic secretary of the Faculty Senate from 1991 to 1994.
At Stanford, Lewenstein specialized in teaching basic journalism skills, but also taught journalism history and other courses.
“Marion Lewenstein was a pathbreaker,” said Jay Hamilton, the Hearst Professor of Communication in the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S), chair of the Department of Communication and director of the Stanford Journalism Program. “She was an early tech journalist in Silicon Valley, and an early researcher of how people read news online. She excelled in the classroom and was integral to the establishment of the Rowland and Pat Rebele Journalism Internship Program, which has allowed hundreds of Stanford students across more than three decades to pursue reporting internships.”