A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

People and places: June/July

By Quill

Peter Hayden Prince, an East Tennessee author, journalist and historian, died April 10 in Knoxville at the age of 70.

Prince worked for several newspapers, including the Knoxville News Sentinel, from 1950 to 1985, according to an obituary Prince prepared for himself.

In 1982, he was selected chairman of the Pulitzer Prize nominating jury for news and feature photography. He was president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1973, served on the SPJ national board for six years and was an SPJ regional director.

Survivors include his sons, Michael Hayden Prince of Bean Station, Tenn.; Daniel Melhorn Prince and wife, Susan, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Jonathan Moinette Prince and wife, Teresa, of Morristown, Tenn.; grandchildren, Alexus, Hunter, Nash and Nayland Prince.

Other survivors include his sisters, Ann Bentley of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Linda Waters of Suwanee, Ga.; Billie Ruth Sudduth and husband, Doug, of Bakersville, N.C.; brother, Mike Oliver, and wife, Judith, of Montgomery, Ala.

Edward F. Pepan died May 13 of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 79 and had been an SPJ member since 1948.

Pepan graduated from the St. Francis Minor Seminary and later served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army during World War II, including in France.

The G.I. Bill helped him earn a journalism degree at Marquette. He began working as copy desk chief at WHBY radio in Appleton, Wis.

Pepan later returned to Marquette, first as assistant director of the university News Bureau from 1953 to 1965.

Pepan worked mainly as assistant to decades of deans at the university’s College of Journalism, now the College of Communication.

When he retired in 1993, colleagues and former students began a scholarship in his name. The fund, now totaling more than $100,000, recently awarded scholarships to another three journalism students.

Survivors include brother Joseph F. Pepan and niece Beverly Marinello; great-nieces and great-nephews.