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Monday, October 25, 2021


First female editor for TDC dies

The first female editor for The Daily Cougar has passed away at age 61.

Former Unipresser Joan Duffy died of leukemia Friday in Little Rock, Ark., according to

“I found my life, my career, my best, lifelong friends at the Daily Cougar,” Duffy said in 2009 to The Daily Cougar.

“And it happened because my application landed face up on the newsroom floor. The Fall 1970 editor Richard Stewart and sports editor Steve Pate bought a six-pack of beer for an evening of scrutinizing applications for the coming semester. There may have been more than one six-pack. They ended up throwing the apps up in the air those whose apps landed face up were invited to try out for reporter positions.”

Duffy later became a journalist and editor in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La., according to She is survived by a son, two step-daughters and three grandchildren.

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