Michael Grossman

[ Age 70 ] Professor of political science

May 22, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER

Michael Baruch Grossman, a retired Towson University professor who had been chairman of the department of political sciences and wrote about the White House press corps, died of pancreatic cancer May 14 at his home in Oakland, Calif. The former Towson resident was 70.

Born in Boston, he earned a bachelor's degree at Oberlin College in 1957. He worked briefly as a reporter at The Washington Post and served in the Army before earning his doctorate in political science from the Johns Hopkins University.

He taught at what is now Towson University from 1963 until 1993, and was department chairman from 1969 to 1977. He studied the relationship between the president and the news media, and examined the evolution of the White House press corps beginning with the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.

He was co-author of Portraying the President: The White House and the News Media, which he wrote with Martha Joynt Kumar in 1981.

He also taught political science and communications courses at Hopkins, Goucher College, the University of California at Davis, California State University at East Bay, and Mills College in Oakland, Calif. His last academic position was as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Dr. Anne Bosshardt, a physician; two daughters, Michele Cunningham of Chicago and Rikki Edelman of Concord, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Previous marriages to the former Nicki Morrell and Gabrielle Edelman ended in divorce.

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