Charles R. McDowell Jr., Retired Times-Dispatch Columnist, Dies at 84

By: E&P Staff

RANDY HALLMAN | Times-Dispatch

Charles Rice McDowell Jr. brought a gentle wisdom to the national conversation, bridging the chasm between political philosophies.

A political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1954 until his retirement in 1998, he gained national fame as a panelist for 18 years on PBS television’s Washington Week in Review and as a voice in “The Civil War” and other documentary films by Ken Burns.

The author of three books, he was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1988 and was awarded the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award in 1996.

Mr. McDowell, who had suffered from dementia for a decade, died Friday morning in Virginia Beach of complications from a stroke. He was 84.

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