Professor Pat Thompson, Assistant Professor of Global Communications 

With a heavy heart, we must share the the very sad news that a beloved professor and colleague, Professor Pat Thompson, passed away on December 20th 2010, following a cerebral hemorrhage.
In remembrance, Professor Waddick Doyle provides these words:

"Professor Pat Thompson passed away on December  20, 2010.  She had fought for each remaining breath following a cerebral  hemorrhage on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at about 11:30 PM. Having worked at AUP since 1997, Pat almost single-handedly began the video production classes, in the Communications Department, instructing through a CD-Rom before equipment was available. When cameras did arrive, she bought them herself and stored them under her dining room table.  Furthermore, Pat received students at all hours of the day to lend the cameras out. She was a hard taskmaster and pushed students to do their best always. Many of her students have gone on to successful careers in production.   If now we have a broadcast studio and editing facilities, it is largely due to her efforts. Pat founded the first student film festivals at AUP. She was a remarkable teacher, individual and innovator.

Away from AUP she was a distinguished television news producer covering Ayatollah Khomeini in Paris in the 1970s, after covering the Iranian revolution in Teheran, as well as organizing interviews with Colonel Gaddafi .  She spoke with much humour about  Gaddafi's surprise to see her pregnant in a red dress organizing it all. She was Senior Producer for NBC News from 1975-1990 and European Producer for ABC News from 1990-1995. In addition, she worked on a variety of production projects for Nickelodeon, Columbia Tristar, ESPN, NBC Sports, New Wave Cinema, NBC Dateline, RAI 3 Italia, PBS, Channel 4 UK and others. Pat won international recognition for her work, including two Emmy awards and a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival.  She was also nominated for Emmy awards as recently as last year and she won two Emmy awards, one for her moving coverage of famine in Sudan. Most recently she was director of the Paris Bureau which, among other things, produced CNN in Paris. Please click here for her obituary in The New York Times.

We will miss her dearly - her infectious smile, her hard work, her openness and her beautiful energy. Above all her generosity.  At her beautiful funeral, Jim Bittermann mentioned she never passed a beggar without giving something. The AUP community expresses their condolences to Professor Jim Bittermann, her spouse and our colleague, and her daughter Tess Bittermann recently a medical graduate.

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