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Lindy Hess, 63, of Cambridge; for 25 years ran publishing industry’s ‘boot camp’ at Radcliffe, then Columbia University

Ms. Hess was director of the Radcliffe and Columbia publishing courses for 25 years.
Ms. Hess was director of the Radcliffe and Columbia publishing courses for 25 years.© Lilian Kemp Photography/Radcliffe

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On a piece of poster board in her office, Lindy Hess kept photos of the 100 or so students she guided each summer through a six-week intensive introduction to the publishing industry.

Known as the Radcliffe Publishing Course before it decamped to Columbia University, the program was a boot camp of sorts for those who aspired to enter the industry. “When they get a job, they get a star,” Ms. Hess told the Harvard Gazette in 1998, explaining the hand-cut stars that adorned many photos.

Ms. Hess, who lived in Cambridge, died July 13 at age 63.

“She was an absolutely essential link between job seekers and people in the business who were seeking good people to work for them,” said legendary editor Robert Gottlieb.

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