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This Day (Staige Two Edition)


On this day in 2003, Staige Davis Blackford, longtime editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, died in a car accident. He was seventy-two and just a few days from retirement, having edited the University of Virginia’s “national journal of literature & discussion” for twenty-eight years. Blackford’s father of the same name was a University of Virginia graduate who served as the chief of medicine for the 8th Evacuation Hospital during World War II. (He won the Legion of Merit from the United States and the Medal of French Morocco.) Staige II, meanwhile, was, like his father, a Charlottesville native and a UVa graduate, and became chief political reporter for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, and press secretary and speechwriter for Governor Linwood Holton.
Two generations of impressive success …
IMAGE: Blackford in his office (The Hook)

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