WIENANDT, Alan Christopher Alan Christopher Wienandt, 68, died Monday in Fort Worth. A longtime editor at The Dallas Morning News, Chris also reported at the Copperas Cove paper and the Abilene Reporter News. In the 1980s, he was an editor and reporter at European Stars & Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany, where he also was able to use his fluent German. He was a founding member of the American Copy Editors Society and later served as the organization's president. Chris received degrees from Baylor University and the University of Iowa. His doctorate in English was from the University of North Texas. His dissertation examined Mark Twain's newspaper career in Nevada, with the conclusion that Twain made a wise choice by changing his career to fiction. Chris later taught at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas as an adjunct professor. Despite a diagnosis of Parkin-son's Disease, Chris was an avid motorcyclist and Brazilian jiu jitsu participant well into his 60s. He is survived by his wife Beverly of Fort Worth, his son James Joseph of Dallas and his sister, Linda Wienandt of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is preceded in death by his father Elwyn Wienandt, his mother Patricia Wienandt and his brother, Thomas, all of Waco.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Jun. 18, 2020.