Lockwood, George J.
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81, a longtime winter visitor to Phoenix from St. Joseph, MO, died Thursday, January 31, 2013, at a local hospital, a victim of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was a newspaperman and Pulitzer Prize winner, retiring in 1986 from The Milwaukee, WI, Journal as managing editor-features. He later became executive editor of the St. Joseph, MO, News-Press, retiring in 1995. He was also a distinguished professor at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and later at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a leader in several press organizations, serving as president of the Inland Press Association in 1985-86. He was born in 1931 to James D. and Evelyn Weinstein Lockwood in Albany, NY, and grew up on a farm in nearby Westerlo. After graduating from Syracuse University and serving in the U.S. Navy, he married fellow SU graduate Eileen Chamberlain of Schenectady, NY, received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and began his professional career in Milwaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandra Lockwood Campbell. George is survived by his wife, Eileen; four children, daughter Audrey (Kittredge Cherry) of Los Angeles, CA, and sons Cary (Carole) of Apache Junction, Noah (Kristin) of Chandler, and Jason (Steven Bloom) of Sydney, Australia, and three grandchildren, Zoe, Paige and Zachary Lockwood, all of Chandler. Services will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 2 p.m., preceded by visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery. Burial will be at Mountain View. Contributions in George's name may be made to the Three Harbors Council (formerly Milwaukee County Council), Boy Scouts of America. For address information, contact Ed Brandon, (414) 443-2875.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 3, 2013