Retired Richmond Times-Dispatch editor Jack Hunter dies at 92

Jack R. Hunter, who is a retired editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the former chairman of the Virginia Commonwealth University journalism department, died July 17 at the age of 92.

According to a news obituary, Hunter joined The Times-Dispatch in 1950 as a reporter and assistant editor on the state desk. In 1964, he became news editor of the Virginia-Metro news section, and retired in 1991 as state and city news coordinator. 

Hunter joined the fledgling Richmond Professional Institute Department of Journalism in 1954 as the second adjunct employee in the department.  

After much turnover at the top of the department the dean was going to abolish the department and "let the English Department offer a journalism class," J. Edward Grimsley, Hunter's colleague at the Times-Dispatch and the RPI Journalism Department, recalled in published reports. 

According to the report, Hunter replied to Grimsley: "Tell him that you and I will run the department. We don't need anyone else."

RPI and the Medical College of Virginia merged in 1968 to form Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Today, the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture is one of the largest units in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, with more than 1,200 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. 

Retired newspaper editor Jack R. Hunter dies at 92

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