Stanford Remembers Slain Journalist

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(AP) Daniel Pearl’s former classmates and teachers at Stanford University remembered the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Monday as a gentle but driven man.

“I’m going to miss knowing that he is out there in the world,” said classmate Karen Edwards.

Pearl graduated from the university in 1985 with a degree in communications. University President John Hennessy said an endowment would be established in Pearl’s name to benefit communications students.

“It was obvious he was destined for a brilliant career,” said Henry Breitrose, a Stanford professor.

Based in Bombay, India, for the past year as the Journal‘s bureau chief for South Asia, Pearl was on assignment in Pakistan pursuing as part of the newspaper’s coverage of the war on terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan.

Nearly a month after Pearl’s abduction by Islamic extremists, the U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday that he had died.

“I truly like to believe that during the countless hours he was being held by kidnappers, that this also numbed him into thinking clearly, brilliantly and he achieved a state of grace true to his spirit,” said Marion Lewenstein, a Stanford professor.

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