Rose Marie Economou, 65, Columbia College journalism professor

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Rose Marie Economou, 65, of Oak Park, died at home on Oct. 2, 2011. An award-winning broadcast journalist, she later joined the Columbia Journalism Dept., where she worked for two decades.

According to an obituary in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 7, Ms. Economou graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in political science and education. She later received an art in leadership certificate from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

She worked for Ed Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign and then entered journalism. In 1977, she became a producer at WBBM and produced documentaries for WTTW in the 1980s.

She received two national Emmy Awards for "Agent Orange: The Human Harvest" in 1979 and "Uncounted Enemy, Unproven Conspiracy" in 1982. She earned five regional Emmys as well.

Rose Marie Economou is survived by her sisters, Cindy, Dionysia, Christine and Barbara; her brother, John; and eight nieces and nephews.

Visitation took place on Oct. 10 at Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn. Funeral services were held on Oct. 11 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn. Columbia College is planning a memorial event at a later date.

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