Remembering Phil Record, former SPJ national president from Texas

Phil Record, longtime Fort Worth journalist and journalism teacher and former national president of SPJ, has died at age 81.

From the SPJ Leads newsletter:

Phil Record, a 55-year member of SPJ and former national president, died October 30 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was a reporter, editor and journalism instructor. He was 81.

Record was notable in journalism circles for an unwavering approach to ethics and moral decision making, and he used those values to guide his 1983-84 presidency of SPJ. He earned the Wells Memorial Key, the top honor given for service to the Society, in 1991.

“Mr. Record was a devout Catholic. His experience with faith gave him a moral compass that he applied to his various endeavors,” said John Dycus, past president and current board member of SPJ’s Fort Worth chapter. “He talked it, he lived it.”

Aside from his national SPJ leadership, Record was an active local chapter member and served at various times as a board member, vice president and chapter president.

There will be a wake Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Fort Worth with a funeral Friday at 2 p.m. at the same church.