Columbia College Chicago Loses Instructor

Robert F. Enrietto, Jr., administrator of Columbia College Chicago’s "Semester in L.A." program, died of a heart attack on Dec. 27 while vacationing in Chicago. The veteran production manager, assistant director and producer was 62.

A Chicago native, Enrietto had movie credits that include Harold and Maude, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Phantom of the Paradise, The Outside Man, among others. His TV credits include In the Heat of the Night, Remington Steele, Behind Enemy Lines, Something About Amelia, Little House On the Prairie and Hawaii Five-O.

Together with fellow instructor Don Smith, Enrietto created the "Semester in L.A." program. The Columbia alum believed that the college should have a presence in Hollywood and helped develop the program of classes based at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif. The curriculum today includes screenwriting, costume and styling, animation, adaptation, entertainment journalism, movie marketing, public relations and publicity.

Enrietto is survived by his mother, Etta O’Malley, and sister Jean Kralka.

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