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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:14 pm

Long-time Arizona State University professor and award-winning correspondent for CBS News, Ben Silver, died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 85.

Silver began teaching in what was then ASU’s Department of Mass Communications, which later became the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. After teaching for 18 years and retiring in 1990, Silver and his wife, Linda, funded a scholarship for Cronkite students.

Prior to teaching, Silver was a national correspondent for CBS News, covering some of the major stories of the 1960s, including race riots, school integration and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s accident at Chappaquiddick.

He is survived by his wife, six children and 11 grandchildren. Services will be Sunday at Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis.

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