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Journalist Ralph Morton Dead at 80

October 18, 1988

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ Ralph S. Morton, a former Associated Press war correspondent in Asia, has died at the age of 80.

It was announced that he died Sunday at a Halifax hospital but the cause of death was not given.

Morton, born in Bedford, Nova Scotia, was graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He worked as a reporter at the Halifax Herald from 1932 to 1934, when he joined The Canadian Press and became that news agency’s first Prince Edward Island correspondent.

He served with CP in Boston and Toronto from 1937 to 1939 and then was managing editor of the Protestant Digest in New York.

Morton joined the AP in 1943 and worked on the world service desk in New York. In 1945, he became a U.S. citizen.

He went to Asia as a war correspondent in 1945, served in the Philippines and New Guinea and also covered the revolutionary conflict in Indonesia.

Morton was AP chief of bureau in Australia from 1945 to 1948, then returned to New York. He worked on the AP foreign desk for six years and also taught at the Columbia University school of journalism.

In 1954, he and his wife, journalist Ruth Macaulay, founded the weekly Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Free Press, which they owned and operated until Morton retired in 1968.

Morton continued writing for publications and radio stations, however. In 1970, he was appointed editor of Hansard, the official record of the debates in the Nova Scotia legislature and worked there for eight years.

He retired again but continued to teach at the Kings College school of journalism.

His survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. Matthews United Church in Halifax.

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