ASU Mourns Hugh Downs, Passed Away At 99

Namesake Of ASU School of Human Communication

Hugh Downs speaks about his personal and professional collection of 650 items that he donated to ASU in 2013. [Courtesy Arizona State University]

SCOTTSDALE – Hugh Downs passed away peacefully in his Scottsdale home surrounded by his family on July 1 at the age of 99.

Downs was an Emmy-winning broadcaster whose decades-long TV career ranged from anchoring ABC News’ “20/20” to the “Today” show to serving as Jack Paar’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show.”

“Hugh Downs was a man of great integrity who was an exemplar of the very best of journalism, America’s Fourth Estate,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said in a press release. “His passing saddens the entire ASU community. His name is synonymous with the complex role of human communication and the university will continue to honor his impact through educating future leaders in this field through the college that bears his name. We offer our condolences to his family, his friends, and all he touched through his engagement on issues of impact in the times in which we live. Notwithstanding his loss, his impact will live on.”

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