Pulitzer Prize Winner Duke Newcome Dies at 81

By: E&P Staff

Pulitzer prize-winning newsman W. U. (Duke) Newcome, 81, died Monday at his central Florida home following a short illness.

Mr. Newcome, while a reporter at the Panama City News-Herald, lead the newspaper to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1962.

He was the lead writer of a small team of writers and editors who contributed to the award, including staff writers Dave Chandler and Ken Retherford; city editor Bob Brown and executive editor Edwin B. Calloway; and publisher Woodrow Wilson. John H. Perry was owner of the newspaper at that time.

Working on information uncovered by Mr. Newcome while employed as a Panama City Police Department officer, the team worked for three years to expose public corruption in Panama City and Bay County.

Mr. Newcome went on to become editor of several of the Perry newspapers in central and south Florida before retiring.

Survivors include two children, Sonja Tanner of Johnson City, Tenn., and James Newcome of West Palm Beach.; two sisters, June Pepper and Yvonne Nethken, both of West Virginia; one brother; four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

At his request, no funeral will be held. A memorial service will be announced.

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