John Walter, former editor, publisher on Vineyard; at 61

Mr. Walter, of Edgartown, the former editor and publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, died Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield from complications after surgery for a facial nerve disorder. He was 61.

Mr. Walter grew up in Cleveland. He graduated in 1969 from Northwestern University, where he was the editor of The Daily Northwestern. After graduation, he worked at several papers, including the former Washington Star and the former Baltimore News-American, where his met his wife.

"John was passionate about what he did. He was passionate about his work. [There] was nothing like seeing him get excited about a story. It was contagious," said James Mallory, senior managing editor, vice president of news at the Journal-Constitution.

Full story: John Walter - Boston

Co-Editor and Publisher,

• Thirty years’ experience in daily and weekly journalism, including as a founding editor of USA Today and executive editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
• On the Vineyard, served as editor and publisher of the Vineyard Gazette.
• Editor, Dukes County Intelligencer, Martha’s Vineyard Museum
• A member of the Dukes County Arts Advisory Council.

A service will be held Oct. 4 at a location to be determined. The family will update information on the Vineyard Stories website,

Photo: Boston Globe
Attribution: Boston Globe, NY Times 

Reply by Denis Horgan on September 18, 2008 - Yes, John was a tremendous person -- fun, smart, talented, patient, caring and a good friend. His work in the lifestyle world was always imaginative, clever, intelligent and professional. As editor he somehow survived the crush of the place that swamped so many of us -- in fact, most of us. As a writer he brought a lovely writing style, blending grace and knowledge.
A good guy.

Reply by Linda Hasert on October 16, 2008 - Jan Pogue, John's wife, and their daughter Lily have created a wonderful page that gathers many of the tributes they have received from John's friends. Poignant, beautifully written and sure to make you smile.

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