Marine journalism community loses a member

Published online: May 13, 2010 News Trade Only Today
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Well-known boating writer and editor Roy Attaway died May 9 of a stroke. He was in his early 70s.

Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, S.C., and the News & Courier in Charleston, S.C. before moving to New York City where he was editor in chief of Boating and Yachting magazines and executive editor of Motorboating and Sailing. He also worked as a producer, writer and director for ABC TV's "The American Sportsman."

He contributed articles to many national journals and was the author of a memoir of his childhood in the South Carolina Lowcountry titled, "A Home in the Tall Marsh Grass," published by Lyons Press.

He was also an award-winning photographer, whose work was shown in galleries in New York and elsewhere, and often accompanied his writings.

In 2001, Attaway and his wife moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he continued to write articles and a monthly Web site of travel essays and photographs.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Episcopal Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort, S.C. Memorial gifts can be made to the sports communication program, North Carolina School of Journalism, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599.

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