Founder of Stanford's documentary film program dies

Henry S. Breitrose remembered as 'lodestar' of the program

Henry S. Breitrose, the founder of Stanford University's renowned graduate documentary film program, died Oct. 2. He was 78 years old.

The university has set up a website where students and colleagues can share memories of the popular professor who was "absolutely in love" with film. Breitrose is remembered as a "gentleman and scholar," who taught history of film and film aesthetics for over five decades, and who helped guide hundreds of students to successful careers in the film industry.

Breitrose taught film history courses in Stanford's Department of Communication from 1959 to 1965 while simultaneously completing his doctorate in communication research. He joined the faculty in 1966, served as its chair from 1977 to 1983, and founded the graduate Documentary Film and Television Program. The program has since been renamed the Documentary Film and Video Program, and is offered as a Masters of Fine Arts degree through the Department of Art & Art History.

According to a report by the Stanford News Service, the Communication Department is planning to hold a memorial service for Breitrose on the Stanford campus.

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