Tempe, Ariz. - Joe W. Milner, a longtime Arizona State University professor credited with laying the foundation for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1984, has died.
School officials say Milner died Sunday at his home in Tempe at age 87.
Milner taught at ASU from 1967 until his retirement in 1991 when he became a professor emeritus at the Cronkite School.
As department chair from 1970-1979, he transformed ASU's Department of Mass Communication into a nationally accredited program.
Before coming to ASU, Milner headed the journalism department at the Mississippi State College for Women and was a professor at the University of Wyoming.
A Texas native, Milner was a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and The Greenville Herald.
He's survived by two sons. Funeral services are pending.