In Memoriam

Annenberg Community Mourns the Death of Professor Emeritus Charles R. Wright, Sociologist of Mass Communication

Charles R. Wright, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication and Sociology and a member of the Annenberg faculty since 1969, passed away yesterday at the age of 90.

A distinguished sociologist of mass communication, Wright was noted for his functionalist analysis of media as codified in the 1959 book Mass Communication.

Born in 1927 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, Wright grew up in a working-class family during the Great Depression. His father was unemployed on and off through most of the 1930s, until the economy picked up upon the U.S. entry into World War II.

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