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Current Issue: February 3, 2003
Volume 38, Number 13

In Memoriam

Henry L. "Hank" Trewhitt

Henry L. "Hank" TrewhittHenry L. “Hank” Trewhitt, 75, professor emeritus, journalism, and a graduate of UNM’s first journalism class in 1949, died Thursday, Jan. 24 at his home.

He wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican, the only correspondent at Los Alamos. From there he went home to Tennessee to report for the Chattanooga Times. While there he received a Neiman Fellowship for a year’s study at Harvard University. In 1957, he went to work for the Baltimore Sun. The Sun sent him to Germany for five years where he reported on NATO, international developments and crises of the 1960s.

After ten years, he left The Sun to join Newsweek as a diplomatic, and later White House correspondent, serving through the Watergate years. In 1974, following Richard Nixon’s resignation, he returned to The Sun as a diplomatic correspondent.

A journalist’s newsman, he visited more than 100 countries, including several reporting periods in Vietnam. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gridiron Club and he was a regular panelist on Washington Week in Review. His final report on the Soviet military earned him an award for distinction from the Overseas Press Club.

In person or in photographs, Trewhitt’s eyeglasses featured prominently on his face. The lenses rendered him owl-like, allowing him to see the world, and reflect it back, with utter clarity.

Dispelling the notion that only those who can’t do, teach; Trewhitt returned to UNM, serving as an associate professor of journalism in 1989. He retired in 1997, but continued until his death to serve as the Daily Lobo’s writing coach, instructing students.

UNM honored Trewhitt with the Regents’ Meritorious Service Medal and Alumni Association’s Zimmerman Award. Fluent in German, he received the Order of Merit from the German government.

Trewhitt is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Jeffrey, of Frederick, Md., and two grandchildren.