William Woo, former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who moved to Palo Alto in 1996 to become a Stanford journalism professor and mentor to hundreds of young journalists, died Wednesday (April 12) of colorectal cancer at age 69. “A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Woo was an elegant, eloquent writer who articulated ideas steadily, slowly and with devastating clarity,” a Mercury News obit by Jessie Mangaliman said. James Fishkin, chairman of the Communications Department at Stanford, is quoted in the Chronicle as saying, “He offered not only feedback on writing, but the whole perspective on a journalism career … Because he’d also been an editor and reporter, he could anticipate how to make work better. After a while, it wasn’t just students standing in line, but colleagues, myself included, waiting to get his reaction, on what to write and how to frame it.” [Mercury News obit] [Chronicle obit] [St. Louis Post Dispatch obit] [Stanford Daily obit] [Stanford News Service obit] [Friends remember Bill Woo in online guest book]

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  1. My heart sank when I saw the obit this morning for Bill Woo. Our paths crossed a number of times and he took a genuine interest in my newspaper, the Palo Alto Daily News. We struck up a friendship and I found myself calling him when I had an issue or a problem that needed solving. His advice was always rock solid. I’m certain his students found his perspective as a former editor to be as helpful as I did. I’m sad about his passing. Bill and his family will be in my prayers.

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