Mr. Shayon, Annenberg School for Communication

Robert Lewis Shayon, professor emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication, passed away on June 28, 2008. He was 95. Mr. Shayon was a member of the Annenberg School’s faculty from 1965 to 1990, where he taught graduate courses on mass media criticism and policy issues relating to mass media industries. He also taught a popular undergraduate course during the 1970s and 1980s in which he introduced students to public policy issues in the media and brought public officials and media executives to present their perspectives. “A voracious reader, Mr. Shayon was a mainstay of professorial book groups on campus,” said Dr. Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor and associate dean for graduate studies at the Annenberg School. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Shayon chaired the Almanac Advisory Board during 1979-80 and 1980-81, and served as faculty advisor to the subcommittee of Electronic Communication Media, which was created in 1976. Before coming to Penn, Mr. Shayon was a radio producer for WOR Mutual and CBS, where he directed and produced the “You Are There” series, which told stories of historical events as if they were being covered live on the air. A recipient of the Peabody Award, he also was a media critic for the Saturday Review and Christian Science Monitor. He authored several books including, Television and Our Children, which focused on the impact the new medium would have on the next generation. Mr. Shayon is survived by his wife, Nash Cox; daughters, Diana and Sheila Shayon; and three grandchildren, Kristyn and Keith Shayon and Leah Novak. A memorial service will be held September 20, 11 a.m. at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10075.