[Updated Thu Jul 3 12:57:22 PDT 2008] -- It is with great sadness that I report that Terry McElhatton, the much-anticipated new professor of new media at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at SJSU, died Saturday evening after a massive heart attack. Reportedly McElhatton had been wind surfing with his son Chris during the day and peacefully passed away on the ride home with his son. Paramedics and doctors tried for hours to revive him. Terry was only 52 years old and had no history of heart problems.
McElhatton was going to start at SJSU this fall. Previously McElhatton had been working at Valley Christian High School's Television and Communications Department. McElhatton was a television News Director and he ran the newsroom at KNTV-TV in San Jose (now NBC11) from 1989 to 1998.
According to an obituary in the San Jose Mercury News, services are scheduled for Sunday July 13th at 3pm, at Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos. He is survived by wife, Robin; son, Chris; and daughter, Lauren, according to Valley Christian.
McElhatton was the son of longtime KPIX television news anchor Dave McElhatton.