The First Annual Edwin Diamond Memorial
and Awards Ceremony
Thank you all very much for being with us today.
commemorative lecture. A memorial award. Naming an atrium. These are
some of the ways the Diamond family, in cooperation with NYU, is
honoring the memory of Professor Edwin Diamond.
after this lifetime is a great mystery. It is hard for me to accept
that my father's boundless passion for life was snuffed out by mere
sudden cardiac arrest. I take comfort imagining him in his office in
Atlantis. By now he has discovered what really happened to King,
Kennedy, Hoffa and Diana.
My father had a long, prolific and
diverse career in journalism, that as he said, began "when the media
was still called the press". Of all of his "gigs", as he joyfully
referred to his multi-faceted experience, he derived great pleasure
from teaching and mentoring young journalists.
enthusiasm of his students and the dynamic atmosphere of NYU, he found
an energy commensurate with his own. He thrived on lively discussions
with students gathering in the atrium.
Of the hundreds of
condolences our family received, this student's sentiments were widely
shared: "I was in his Journalistic Tradition class which quickly became
my favorite because of his deep passion for journalism. He made me
realize that the profession could be more than job, but an art, a
lifestyle, and a love".
In establishing the Edwin Diamond
Award, made possible by generous contributions from friends, colleagues
and students, it is our family's wish to keep this spirit alive; to
encourage future generations not only to exemplify the highest
standards in the integrity and quality of their work, but to nurture an
appreciation of the craft of journalism writing.
annual Edwin Diamond Award was presented last spring (1998) to
graduating senior Jordan Mamone. When we learned Jordan used his award
to go to Paris, Italy and Switzerland, we knew he truly embodied my
Since the spring, due to the continuing amazing
generosity of Hues touched by my father's, as well as a posthumous
Lifetime Achievement Award from Penn State, we are able to increase the
amount of the award.
New York City
New York University September 17, 1998