By: News Release
Frank Hale Camp, Jr., 76, of Fairhope, Alabama, died at home January 20th after a long illness.
Mr. Camp spent over 30 years at The New York Times, holding titles that included assistant foreign desk editor, assistant news editor, chief makeup editor, editor of the national edition, deputy editor for administration of the New York Times Sunday Magazine, deputy editor for special publications, and production editor. He won two Publisher’s Awards. He was one of only a handful of people who had the authority and knowledge to stop the presses at the Times.
Mr. Camp was a native of Mobile, Alabama. His career began as a copy boy at the Mobile Press Register while still a student at Murphy High School. After becoming a copy editor, he moved to the Birmingham News, the Pontiac Press, the Detroit News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and, finally, The New York Times.
After his retirement, he moved to back to Alabama. He and his late wife, Helen C. Camp, were the founding co-chairs of the South Baldwin Democrats. He ran as a Democratic candidate for the state legislature on a platform calling for elimination of the sales tax on groceries, and better environmental stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico. For his efforts, he received the Freedom Award of the Baldwin County Democratic Party in 2006.
Mr. Camp also wrote a column for a local paper, The Pelican, for several years during his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, star gazing, and going for walks on the beach. He was a dedicated karaoke singer, and enjoyed singing the works of Frank Sinatra. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
He is predeceased by his wife, Helen C. Camp, and by his parents, Frank H. Camp, Sr. and Audrey F. Camp. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Kevin Boyle of Winchester, Massachusetts, his granddaughter Erin Boyle of Winchester, Massachusetts, his grandson Terry Boyle of Woburn, Massachusetts, his sisters Judith Guard and Dee Rooney, both of Marietta, Georgia, and his brother, Tim Camp, of Mobile, Alabama.