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Basketball's Bill Walton '74 Dead at 71
Bill Walton of the Bruins and the Portland Trailblazers has died. He led the Bruins to two national championships and dominated NBA boards for a decade.

Read the story in today's DB.

Read the story.

Walter Shatford, 30s Sports Editor
Walter T. Shatford, who was Sports Editor on the Daily Bruin in 1936 (and possibly earlier) died on May 5, 2009. His passing was reported by his daughter, Sara Shatford Layne.

During a long career in law and service to education in his adopted home, Pasadena, In those years, he emerged as a pivotal local figure in the struggle for racial integration and equal access to education.

Shatford operated a successful law practice in Temple City, co-founded with his brother Henry in 1947 after service in WWII.

Follow the link below to an biography in the Pasadena Star News.

Pasadena Star News.

Dave McNary, Beloved Longtime Variety Film Reporter, Dies at 69
Larry May reports: "I trust all are healthy and safe during this holiday weekend. John Sandbrook passed along the below sad news about the passing of Dave McNary. Dave arrived at the Daily Bruin during my senior year and quickly established himself as a dependable, insightful, and prolific reporter and writer. He spent his career as a journalist . . . it appears that ink was in his blood. Click through for the full obituary posted this morning in Variety where he worked for the last 20 years. He was dedicated to the Daily Bruin, and I last saw him at the Daily Bruin office during the UCLA 100th birthday celebration attended by Neil Reichline, Tina Nides and me, among thousands of others.

Best wishes for a better 2021."

Photo credit Jesse Grant, Variety.

Variety Report

LA Times' Former Westside Reporter Ken Reich Dies
Brian Weiss reports that Ken Reich, former Westside et al. reporter for the L.A. Times has died. Brian notes "Many of you will remember Ken Reich from when he was on the Westside bureau and covered UCLA happenings." Here is the Times' obituary.

Kenneth Reich, 70; Times reporter covered effort to win '84 Olympics for L.A.

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

July 1, 2008

Kenneth Reich, a retired Los Angeles Times reporter who, in his 39 years at the paper, covered politics, earthquakes and preparations for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, has died. He was 70.


In Memoriam: Lloyd Burstein
I recently learned of the passing of a WWII-era Managing Editor, Lloyd Burstein. Read more about Mr. Burstein's life and achievements in a Washington Post obituary linked below.

Post Obit

Belated Obit, Buddy Epstein
Buddy H. Epstein passed away June 4, 2013, after a wonderful life of 64 years. Anyone who went to Hamilton High or UCLA in the 60s knew Buddy as a brilliant scholar and a prankster of the highest order. High School mascot, UCLA Bruin Sports Editor, UCLA Law School Alumni and well respected business and tax attorney. We will all miss him. Services were held at Hillside on Thursday, June 6.



Rod van Hook, 1948-2009
Rod Van Hook, 61, brother of former DB staffer Perry van Hook and a veteran sports broadcaster for Los Angeles radio stations KFWB, KMPC and KSPN, died of heart failure Saturday November 7 at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his family said. His obituary appeared in the LA Times Nov. 10.

A Santa Monica resident, he previously had battled pancreatic cancer.

Van Hook had worked as a studio host for National Football League and college football games on Sports USA Radio network from 2007 until earlier this year.

Besides providing sports scores and updates on local radio, he covered major sporting events such as the Rose Bowl, Super Bowl, World Series and other pro and college games.

Born July 31, 1948, in Vermillion, S.D., Van Hook earned his bachelor's degree at UCLA.

He won three Los Angeles Press Club awards over a three-decade career.
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