MICHAEL DERR (Age 61)
Died January, 24, 2013 in Rockville, Maryland.
He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 1, 1951, to Jack and Ruth (Kneebone) Derr. He was a graduate of Monona Grove High School ('69) and earned a BA degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin
-Madison ('79). He worked on the Wisconsin State Journal sports and city desks and was a copy editor and feature writer for the Courier in Ottumwa, Iowa. In Arizona, he was executive news editor for the Mesa Tribune; managing editor of Phoenix Magazine; and, for 16 years, editor of America West Airlines Magazine. In Washington, D.C., he was an editor at the Chronicle of Education and Chronicle of Philanthropy and, from 2003 to 2012, was a senior communications analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He edited a dozen books, including two best sellers.
Mike was an avid hiker, and his love of nature was deeply expressed through his photography, which rivaled writing and editing as his passions. His photographs appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecka Derr; his father, Jack; brothers William and Timothy; and relatives in Arizona, California, Michigan, and North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Derr.
A gathering of Michael's family and friends was held on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
Donations on his behalf may be sent to the American Brain Tumor Association and The Nature Conservancy.