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David L. Butler

42, Died July 15

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR AT THE STARS AND STRIPES

An editor whose varied talents and devotion to newspapering involved him in almost every facet of the Stars and Stripes, David Butler was found dead July 15 at approximately 2 a.m. near his home in Arlington, Va. An autopsy was performed last Monday. Although the official cause of Butler's death has not been released, Cpl. Justin McNaull, a police spokesman, said it is being treated as a homicide. Police have not yet determined a motive.

Butler, the assistant managing editor of the Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, first worked for the paper in the late 1960s, delivering it door to door at a U.S. Air Force base in Torrejon, Spain, where his father was assigned. After delivering the now-defunct Light by bicycle in his native San Antonio, Butler went on to serve as a sports copy editor at the Houston Post until it folded in 1995. Butler's love of newspapers then took him to Darmstadt, Germany, where he served as copy editor for the Stars and Stripes European edition. He moved to the paper's office in Washington when the European and Pacific editions were centralized. Whether redesigning entire pages to include weather reports from a few more hometowns of service personnel or protecting the news hole from an onslaught of ads, Butler's passion for precision and desire to serve aptly reflected those who constitute the Stars and Stripes readership. Said Joe Gromelski, Stars and Stripes electronic edition editor and a longtime colleague: "Any newspaper in the country would have been proud to have him."

Thomas James Lassiter

88, Died July 19

FORMER EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF THE SMITHFIELD (N.C.) HERALD

ASmithfield native, Lassiter graduated in 1932 from Duke University in Durham. After a postgraduate year spent playing trombone in the Jelly Leftwich jazz orchestra, he returned to Smithfield to work at his family's newspaper, the semiweekly Herald. Lassiter received wide recognition for his editorials, which championed racial equality. He taught journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1948 to 1953, and served as president of the North Carolina Press Association in 1951. Lassiter was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1982.

Larry Louis Lucas

39, Died July 14

FORMER PUBLISHER OF THE SWEETWATER (TEXAS) REPORTER

Lucas, who had been publisher of the Reporter since 1997 until he took a disability retirement in February, died of cancer. …

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