G. Franco Romagnoli, 82, Italian Chef

From The New York Times12/17/2008

G. Franco Romagnoli, who, with his wife, Margaret, helped introduce Americans to authentic Italian home cooking on the 1970s PBS series “The Romagnolis’ Table” and in a series of best-selling cookbooks, died Monday in Boston. He was 82 and lived in Watertown, Mass.

His son Marco confirmed the death but did not give a specific cause. Read more...

Cherry Enoki, video editor, dies in climbing accident

From Cynthia Broner

The WGBH community was saddened to learn of the passing of Cherry Enoki, former ‘GBHer and editor on many projects, including Postcards from Buster, Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, Design Squad and Nova ScienceNow.

Cherry died Fri, 11/28 while climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California. Read more...

James Armsey, 90, behind the scenes public broadcasting pioneer

From The New York Times

James W. Armsey, a former Ford Foundation executive who directed more than $350 million in grants to universities in the 1960s while prompting the foundation to deny grants to segregated universities, died on Nov. 2 at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 90.

From 1956 through 1975, Mr. Armsey held several high-ranking positions at the foundation, including assistant to the president and director of its programs in higher education, public broadcasting and journalism. In all, he oversaw $497 million in foundation grants.

Lew Barlow, 80, producer, professor, mentor

Born in Malden, MA, July 23, 1928 … Mr. Barlow was a graduate of the University of New York were he received a B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1957, Lewis Barlow has been a major contributor to the local television scene in numerous capacities. From his early days as Senior Producer/Director at WGBH, through his decades of teaching communications at Boston University, he has had significant impact on television professionals both young and old.

Alan Lupo, 70, “The Hub’s Herodoutus”

From The Boston Globe 9/30/2008

Alan Lupo, chronicler of Boston, dies

He was no stranger to the inner sanctums of City Hall but was more at home with regular folks on Boston’s stoops and sidewalks. He knew people — and people knew him — from the North End to Southie, from Dorchester to Doyle’s pub in Jamaica Plain. And there, immortalized in a barroom mural, he forever soaks up stories amid the sandwiches and the elbow-benders. …

Mr. Lupo, one of few columnists whose work appeared in the latter-day troika of Boston newsprint — the Globe, the Herald, and the Phoenix — died yesterday … Read more...