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Washington Post Reporter, Editor Herbert Denton, Jr., Dead at 45

May 1, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Herbert H. Denton, Jr., Washington Post correspondent in Toronto and the newspaper’s former editor for Maryland and the District of Columbia, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Toronto. Denton, 45, had AIDS.

A native of Muncie, Ind., and a graduate of Harvard College, Denton joined the Post in April 1966 but later was drafted into the Army. During service with the 1st Cavalry in Vietnam as a public information specialist, he received the Bronze Star.

After returing to the Post, Denton served as Maryland editor, District of Columbia editor and correspondent in Lebanon. His career at the newspaper spanned more than 20 years, and in an op-ed article in Monday’s edition of the newspaper, fellow reporter Juan Williams wrote:

″There are all kinds of ways to deal with being a black man in America. My friend and mentor Herbert H. Denton, Jr., who died here Saturday, never shouted a mouthful of rhetoric or spent time pointing fingers at whites. He did not condemn the futility of black anger. What he did was to build a potent legacy - a generation of black journalists at The Washington Post.″

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