TU professor Bill Toohey dies after short battle with lymphoma

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

William Toohey, a Towson adjuct professor and former spokesman for the Baltimore County police, died Tuesday morning of intravascular lymphoma at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Toohey was 69.

Toohey taught in the the department of mass communication and communication studies.

“Bill Toohey cared deeply about providing his students with the best possible experience in his classes,” Cynthia Cooper, the chairwoman of the department of mass communication and communication studies, said in an email. “He was excited to bring professional colleagues in as guest speakers, and was always a great public supporter of our programs.”

Toohey’s career spanned more than 40 years. He also worked as press secretary for U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, and also worked as a radio reporter with ABC and NBC.

He garnered a positive reputation locally for his work with local media.

Toohey’s son, Liam sent out a statement through a replacement professor for one of his classes. In email, Liam said, “The love and support you’ve shown over the past two weeks has meant so much to all of us. Please continue to keep us, and my amazing dad, in your thoughts and prayers.”

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