In Loving Memory of Barbara Mack, Iowa Journalism Icon

In the short time since Barbara Mack was found unresponsive in her home Thursday morning, just 59 years old, former students have penned dozens of touching tributes to the beloved matriarch of Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. They mention her "intimidating" presence, how "terrified, mystified, and totally in awe" they were of her, and how she made them "a better journalist and a better person"—all part of her "tough love," as Greenlee Director Michael Bugeja put it.