Vermont C.Royster

News organizations and titles: 61 years with The Wall Street Journal--editor emeritus, 1993-96; contributing editor, columnist, 1971-96; editor, 1958-71; senior associate editor, 1951-58; associate editor, 1948-51; editorial writer and columnist, 1946-48; Washington correspondent, 1936-40 and 1945-46 (lieutenant commander, U.S. Navy Reserve, 1940-45); reporter, WSJ, 1936; reporter, New York City News Bureau, 1935-36.

Legacy: As editor of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Royster set the paper's political policy and won the newspaper's second Pulitzer Prize, as well as two Pulitzers himself. His column, "Thinking Things Over," was a Journal staple for decades.

Journalistic Progeny: Joseph Evans, Robert L. Bartley and numerous business columnists and editorial writers.

Personal: Born April 30, 1914, in Raleigh, N.C.; died July 22, 1996.

Family: Married Frances Claypoole, 1937; they had two daughters, Frances and Sara.

Books: "Journey through the Soviet Union," 1962; "A Pride of Prejudices," 1967; "My Own, My Country's Time: A Journalist's Journey," 1983.

Awards: Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, 1953; Pulitzer Prize for commentary, 1984; Distinguished Service Award, Sigma Delta Chi, 1958; William Allen White Award, University of Kansas, 1971; Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, 1975; North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, 1980; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1986.

Education: University of North Carolina.

What others have said about him: President Ronald Reagan, upon awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom: (Mr. Royster had a common sense) "that exploded the pretensions of 'expert opinion,' and his compelling eloquence warned of the evils of a society loosed from its moorings in faith." Michael Gartner, who worked with Mr. Royster: "The greatest editorial writer of this century was Vermont Connecticut Royster. He helped make The Wall Street Journal great."

Back to Honorees