By: Vernelle Dorvil
MICKEY HUMPHREY, 42, a Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald sports writer, died of brain cancer May 29. Humphrey was first diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in December 1997. He continued to work until March of this year when a second brain tumor was discovered. Humphrey began his career in 1974 as a part-time writer and clerk at the daily Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph. He caught the attention of Tribune-Herald sport editor, Dave Campbell, who hired him in 1980.
HARRY Z. PAPPAS, 45, publisher of the Cape Coral (Fla.) Daily Breeze died of cancer June 3. Pappas came to the Breeze in 1995 after more than 20 years with Thomson Corp., where he started in 1975 in classified ad sales. Working his way up through the company, Pappas in 1990 became vice president and chief executive officer of Thomson Newspapers, where he supervised 14 newspapers with a combined circulation of over 184,000. He is survived by his wife, son, and mother.
WIL QUICK, 74, former reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, died of a heart attack May 25. He worked at the Sentinel from 1960 to 1985. Quick was known for his anti-smoking advocacy and was considered to be an influential force for increasing the number of smoke-free restaurants in Wisconsin. Quick worked at newspapers in Dayton, Ohio; Huntington, W.Va.; and Three Rivers, Mich., before joining the Sentinel. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.
JIMMY REAVIS, 66, former managing editor of the Texarkana (Texas) Gazette, died May 28. He joined the paper in 1969 as a night wire editor and became managing editor three months later. He left the Gazette in 1977 to join his wife in running two Texas weeklies, The Bogota Tribune, and the Wolfe City Sun. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
TOM RISTE, 78, former TV columnist for The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, died May 24. From 1965 to 1978, he wrote columns for the Star. He also maintained an acting career on the side. He appeared in eight 1950s movies, most notably, “”Horizons West.””
MURRAY ROSE, 84, a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press, died in New York May 31. He started his journalism career at the AP in 1934 as a copy boy. By 1952, he was one of the first newsmen to tour the housing of Soviet Union athletes at the Olympics in Helsinki. Throughout his 40-year career, he spent many years running the AP’s sports desk and directing the coverage of breaking news stories. He retired in 1979.
EDWIN EUGENE SPEAR, 80, former regional news editor of The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times died May 23 in Asheville. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. In 1972, he was promoted to regional news editor and held that position until he retired in 1981.
?(Editor & Publisher Web Site:http:www.mediainfo.com) [Caption]
?(copyright: Editor & Publisher June 12, 1999) [Caption]