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AP Correspondent, Agnew Press Secretary Dies At 89

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Herbert Thompson, former Annapolis correspondent for the Associated Press and press secretary to Spiro Agnew has died. He was 89.

Thompson’s family says he died Monday in State College, Pa., from complications from pneumonia.

The Elrod, N.C. native studied at Wake Forest College and served as a Naval officer during World War II and in the Korean War. He joined The Associated Press in West Virginia and later spent 12 years at the Annapolis bureau. In 1967, Thompson became press secretary and assistant to then-Gov. Spiro Agnew and accompanied Agnew to Washington the next year when he was elected vice president.

Thompson later worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. He had lived in State College, Pa., since 1986.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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