Walter Herring, Former ‘Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury’ Editor, Dead

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Walter L. Herring, former managing editor of the Pottstown Mercury and former features editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, has died.

Herring, 59, died Oct. 3 at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Since suffering a massive stroke in 2004, Herring had been living at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima.

Herring, who had a reputation for enthusiasm and a volatile temper, was known to berate reporters and editors when he felt that his standards weren’t being met. He was passionate about journalism and expected everyone else to share that enthusiasm, his brother Ralph said.

Herring had editing posts around the country.

He was an assistant city editor at the Detroit News in the early 1970s, became an editor at the Daily News beginning in 1973 and moved to the former Philadelphia Journal in 1977. He later held posts in Trenton, N.J.; Passaic, N.J.; and St. Petersburg, Fla. and briefly taught journalism at the University of Washington.

He joined the Pottstown Mercury in 1991 and supervised investigations of local police departments, which led to two grand jury probes. After leaving Pottstown in 1998, he held posts at the Gloucester County Times in New Jersey and at a paper in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

A graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys, Herring served in the Army in Vietnam and attended Temple University for three years.

He was living in Drexel Hill when he became ill, his brother said.

Herring is survived by another brother, Clifford Hahn, and his former wife, Dorothy Conroy.

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