Death – Ex-Grosse Pointe high school journalism teacher Bob Button dies at 81

Death – Obituary

Robert "Bob" Lockwood Button, a beloved journalism teacher who taught at Grosse Pointe South High School, trained generations of journalists who went on to accomplished careers in print and broadcast media, died Dec. 23, 2021. This picture is circa 2019.

Robert “Bob” Lockwood Button, a high school teacher who shaped lives and trained generations of print and broadcast journalists, died Dec. 23.

Button, 81, died of pneumonia at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two adult children by his side. He had a lung infection related to steroid treatment for a skin condition that was only later diagnosed as lymphoma, which compromised his immune system, the family said.

Word of his death spread quickly as journalists across the country mourned the loss of a mentor, friend and father figure they met as students at Grosse Pointe South High School between 1966 and 1994.

The lucky ones worked at The Tower student newspaper, an award-winning weekly publication that earned readers all over the city.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.