- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2007

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — George Kiseda, a journalist who championed civil rights issues in sports in the 1950s and 1960s, died May 13 of a form of dementia at an Alzheimer’s care facility. He was 80.

Mr. Kiseda wrote for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1950s and 1960s before finishing his career in 1984 as a sports copy editor at the Los Angeles Times.

In 1957, he wrote a column for the Sun-Telegraph about an upcoming football game between Army and Tulane in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where seating was segregated. It was the same year President Eisenhower sent troops to Arkansas to enforce integration of Little Rock’s Central High School. U.S. Rep. James Fulton of Pennsylvania read Mr. Kiseda’s column on the floor of the House of Representatives. Army moved the game to West Point’s smaller Michie Stadium.

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