- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reese Cleghorn, a former newspaper opinion editor credited with transforming the University of Maryland’s journalism school, has died. He was 78.

Cleghorn’s wife, Cheree Briggs Cleghorn, says he died Monday at his northwest Washington home after suffering from heart problems.

Cleghorn served as dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism from 1981 until 2000, turning it into one of the top programs in the country.

Before joining the university, Cleghorn worked at The Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Charlotte Observer and Detroit Free Press.

Cleghorn is a native of Lyerly, Ga. He’s also survived by his son, the Rev. John Cleghorn of Charlotte, N.C., his daughter, Nona Gibbs of Atlanta, and four grandchildren.

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