Spencer Klaw (1920-2004)
Where: Cream Hill
Klaw was born in New York City, and raised in New York and California. He studied at Harvard, graduating in 1941. Following graduation, Klaw married Bobby Van Doren in Cornwall. Klaw first came to Cornwall as a guest of the Blumenthal’s in 1935 and met Van Doren at a party hosted at Yelping Hill.
Klaw served in the Army from 1943-1945. After the war he worked on the staff of The New Yorker and Fortune Magazine becoming a freelance writer in 1957. Klaw taught a few semesters, in 1968 and 1969, as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkely, and took a regular teaching position at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1969; a position he maintained until his retirement in 1991.
While teaching a Columbia he also wrote several books and acted as editor of the Columbia Journalism Review for 11 years. After retiring, Klaw partnered with his wife and his Cornwall neighbors, the Bevans, to create the Cornwall Chronicle. Klaw died in West Cornwall in 2004.
Image from the Collection of the Cornwall Historical Society