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Columbia College Loses Head of Semester In L.A. Instructor

Robert F. Enrietto, Jr., former production manager, assistant director, producer and, most recently, administrator of Columbia College Chicagos Semester in L.A. program, died of a heart attack during the holiday break (Dec. 27, 2003) while vacationing in Chicago. He was 62.

A Chicago native, Enrietto had movie credits that include HAROLD AND MAUDE, TORA! TORA! TORA!, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and THE OUTSIDE MAN, His TV credits included: IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, REMINGTON STEELE, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, SOMETHING ABOUT AMELIA, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and HAWAII FIVE-O.

Enrietto took pride in running Columbia College Chicagos Semester in L.A. program, which he created together with fellow instructor Don Smith geared toward budding producers. Enrietto was a Columbia alum and believed that the college should have a presence in Hollywood. He helped develop the program of classes based at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. The program offered lots of working professionals as guest lecturers covering screenwriting, costume and styling, animation, adaptation, entertainment journalism, movie marketing, public relations and publicity. At one point, he had ran an animation lab in addition to the production program.

He is survived by his mother, Etta OMalley, and sister Jean Kralka.

Internment took place Dec. 30 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2015, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

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