Robert “Bob” Gordon, a former newspaper editor and reporter who documented the South’s turbulent struggle for civil rights, has died. He was 69.
Gordon died yesterday from heart complications, according to an article in The Clarion-Ledger, the largest newspaper in Mississippi.
Gordon was the paper’s managing editor in the 1980s.
Gordon began his career at the State-Times in Jackson after graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1960. He joined UPI in Atlanta in 1961.
In 1977, he became the managing editor of The Jackson Daily News after serving three years as metro editor of The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
Gordon was named managing editor of The Clarion-Ledger in 1982.
From 1986 to 1987, Gordon served as executive editor of the Hattiesburg American until he suffered a massive heart attack.
Gordon was characterized as a professional with a compassionate personality that allowed him to properly cover the civil rights movement.
In 1966, Gordon was attacked and beaten by a mob while covering Grenada’s first school desegregation case.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jimmie Ray. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.