L. "Hank" Trewhitt
L. Hank Trewhitt, 75, professor emeritus, journalism,
and a graduate of UNMs first journalism class in 1949,
died Thursday, Jan. 24 at his home.
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 years 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.
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 Nixons resignation,
he returned to The Sun as a diplomatic correspondent.
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.
or in photographs, Trewhitts 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.
the notion that only those who cant 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 Lobos writing coach, instructing students.
Trewhitt with the Regents Meritorious Service Medal and
Alumni Associations Zimmerman Award. Fluent in German,
he received the Order of Merit from the German government.
is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Jeffrey, of Frederick,
Md., and two grandchildren.