James Foley, exemplar of bravery to many, dies at 40

August 21st, 2014 by Staff


(www.bostonglobe.com) On his first day in Stephan Garnett’s journalism class at Northwestern University in 2007, James Foley listened while Garnett explained that the profession could at times be very dangerous. “You can get hurt doing this job. You can get killed doing this job. And you’d better learn to think on your feet,” Garnett told his students.

“Jim came up to me afterward and said, ‘I think I’m going to like this class,’ ” Garnett recalled Wednesday. “He was a very courageous guy, and he didn’t scare easily.”

Bravery was a trait friends had always noticed about Mr. Foley, who was abducted in November 2012 in northern Syria while reporting for the international news service GlobalPost and other agencies. “He just had this gene that didn’t know fear,” said Jeremy Osgood, a friend of Mr. Foley’s since their childhood in rural New Hampshire.

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