Beryl Ann Pfizer ’49, one Hood College’s most accomplished alums and an Emmy Award-winning American television and radio pioneer, died recently.
Beryl, 87, died Feb. 12, 2016, of natural causes in Manhattan, where she lived for most of her life.
“College is like a buffer zone, an island that lies between growing up and actually being a grown-up,” Beryl once said about her time at Hood. “It’s an opportunity to learn to make choices for yourself about you. The four years I spent at Hood was a special time in my life, one on which I have looked back fondly. The extracurricular activities in which I participated—editing the student magazine, reporting for the student newspaper, working at a local radio station—helped prepare me for my career as a television news writer and producer.”
Born in Morristown, N.J., she attended Hood from 1945 to 1949 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in music. Immediately after graduation, she moved to Manhattan to begin what would be a remarkable career in radio and television. She had an exemplary career as a writer and radio and television producer with ABC, CBS and NBC and was always active in New York theater. She worked on TV shows including the popular Arthur Godfrey Show on CBS; wrote for The Home Show on NBC and helped produce The Today Show on NBC. She earned an Emmy Award and was nominated for three others throughout her career.
Beryl, who was named a Hood College Distinguished Alumna in 1988, established the Andy Rooney Scholarship at Hood in memory of her special friend. Colleagues from their days of writing for the Arthur Godfrey Show, Beryl and Rooney enjoyed a long and special friendship. Rooney, the legendary member of the “60 Minutes” team, considered himself first and foremost a writer. Students demonstrating a passion for writing are eligible for the scholarship. Beryl also endowed a scholarship for theater arts minors, and she endowed a fund for theater production and programming. She was one of three donors who supported the establishment of the Black Box Theater in the Tatem Arts Center. Her niece, Amy Koshnick, is an alumna from the Hood College Class of 2011.
See more about Beryl’s remarkable career in her obituary that appeared in the New York Times here.