Reared in Beaufort, N.C., I joined the Platoon Leaders Corps when a freshman at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Upon graduation I was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing Basic School, Quantico, Va., I joined Third Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., serving as a platoon commander, company executive officer and battalion embarkation officer for a Mediterranean deployment.
In 1966, I joined my family’s newspaper business, the Carteret County News-Times, as a reporter-photographer. In 1970-71, I commanded Marine Wing Training Squadron aboard Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, introducing the Marine Corps Toys ’n Tots campaign during Christmas 1970.
Serving on numerous boards at UNC, I was a founding director of the Carteret County Boys and Girls Club and the N.C. Aquarium Society, serving 33 years.
Retired after 54 years in the newspaper business as publisher-editor, I and my wife, Pam, married 35 years, are involved in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort. We are parents of four married young women, three sparkling granddaughters and a highly energetic grandson.