- Judith E. Funston
Savitch, Jessica (01 February 1948–23 October 1983), journalist, was born Jessica Beth Savitch in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David Savitch, a clothing merchant, and Florence Spadoni, a registered nurse. The eldest of the couple’s three daughters, Savitch attributed her interest in journalism to her father, who insisted that dinner-table conversation be focused on current events and issues. His death, when Savitch was twelve years old, would be the first of several tragedies shaping her life. The changed financial situation of the family forced Florence Savitch to return to nursing and was a major factor years later in Savitch’s decision to attend Ithaca College, the least expensive of the schools she wanted to attend. She completed a degree in communications in 1968....