Pat Munroe, 85, a retired newsman and book editor, died in his sleep at home in Potomac on July 5.
Born in Quincy, Fla., Munroe earned a B.S. from Georgia Tech University, and a M.S. from Columbia Journalism School, before settling in the Washington area in 1946.
During World War II, Munroe served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, spending time in the South Pacific as commander of PT Boat 110, as well as being commissioned to other ships.
MUNROE STARTED his journalistic career at the Atlanta Journal and went to work for the Washington Post before forming the Munroe News Bureau to provide local coverage for newspapers and magazines around the country. He also worked as a Washington editor for Prentice-Hall book publishers.
Munroe's career included many positions and awards: chairman of the Standing Committee of Correspondents Senate-House Press Galleries, 1955-56; recipient of the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award and Headliners Award and certificate from Columbia Journalism School, 1957; member of the Board of Governors of the National Press Club, 1957-59; president of journalistic fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, 1964-65; member of Overseas Writers; member of Department of State Correspondents Association; member of White House Correspondents Association; trustee of James Monroe Memorial Foundation; member of Board of Governors for National Cathedral School; trustee at Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn.; member of the Metropolitan Club; and member of the Chevy Chase Club.
MUNROE IS SURVIVED by his wife of 49 years, Mary Norris Munroe; daughters Anne Shapiro of Oxford, Ga. and Kate Daly of Woodside, Calif.; and three sisters: Mary Gray Cobey of University Park, Md.; Julia Woodward of Quincy, Fla.; and Margaret Thrower of Atlanta. Ga.
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on July 10 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10333 River Road.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be sent to: Webb School, P.O. Box 488, Bell Buckle, TN 37020.