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Thursday, June 04, 2009

SPJ executive director dies after battle with cancer

Terry Harper, the seven-year executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, died Tuesday at his home in Indianapolis after a long battle with brain cancer, according to SPJ President Dave Aeikens. He was 45.

Aeikens, who informed SPJ board members in an e-mail this afternoon of Harper's death, said Harper had just recently stepped down from his post. SPJ officials had posted a notice just this morning advising members of Harper giving up his day-to-day responsibilities due to his illness.

Terry was a friend, a colleague and a hell of a human being. NFOIC mourns his passing and wishes the world to know what a huge role he played in supporting the work of the NFOIC. He is missed, and the world is a smaller place without him.


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