Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

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John E. Conick, 62, retired editor and reporter, died Aug. 8. In 1960, Conick attended military journalism school in Michigan and then served two years as editor of the Observation Post at Twentynine Palms Marine base in California. Conick later served as a U.S. Marine Corps correspondent in Vietnam in 1968. Conick retired from the Marines in 1974, and served as editor of The Catholic Banner in Charleston, S.C., for over 17 years, during which time he was ordained a deacon. Conick joined the Journal & Topics newspaper in Des Plaines, Ill., in 1991, where he served as a reporter and editor until his retirement in 1997.

Thomas Doherty, 86, member of a Chicago reporting family, died Aug. 23 of complications from heart disease. Doherty, who served as a police reporter for the old Chicago American in the 1940's and 50's, was one of the five Doherty brothers reporting for Chicago dailies at the time. Thomas, the youngest of the Doherty brothers, strove to beat his sibling rivals - Bill, James, Frank, and Eddie - to the scoop. Doherty did in fact get a series of scoops regarding the gruesome murder of 6- year old Suzanne Degnan, whose killer was sent to prison in 1946. Doherty eventually left the newspaper business to became a public- relations executive.

Jim Hitchcock Sr., 59, retired editor at The Star-Ledger of Newark, died Aug. 21 of congestive heart failure. Hitchcock started work when he was 7 at an Irvington, N.J., gas station after his father died and never stopped working until he retired from The Star-Ledger in 1991. …

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