Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Journalism Pioneer Carl Rowan Dies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Journalism Pioneer Carl Rowan Dies

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WASHINGTON -- Carl Thomas Rowan, a well-known commentator once called America's "most visible black journalist" for his eloquent columns exploring race relations and championing civil rights, died yesterday. He was 75.

Mr. Rowan died about 3 a.m. at Washington Hospital Center, hospital spokesman LeRoy Tillman said.

Mr. Rowan died of natural causes, said his son, Carl Rowan Jr. His father had suffered from a variety of illnesses in recent years, including diabetes and heart problems.

Still, Rowan Jr. said the ailments did not deter a man who forged an extraordinary work ethic from his humble upbringing during the Great Depression.

"Even though he was feeling sick, he said he had to go in and do the column," Rowan Jr., a lawyer, said about his father's final column last week.

"Carl provided one of journalism's most distinctive voices," said Jonathan Wolman, executive editor of The Associated Press, who knew the columnist for many years. …

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