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Hayes, editor at Financial Times, dies at 68

John Hayes

John Hayes, a stalwart of the Financial Times’ sub-editing desk, has died at the age of 68 after a short battle with cancer.

Suzanne Blumsom of the FT writes, “A senior FT editor said that he was a consummate professional who had ‘saved me many, many times in spotting errors and fixing errant copy. A model editor.’ Another colleague added: ‘John was a proper old-school sub who could spot an error a mile off, and always with a smile and a laugh.’

“Hayes was a popular FT character, modest, wry and principled. He was passionate about politics, his family and his dog: he would often bring into the office balls his hound had found to proffer to fellow dog-owners.

“He always spoke about his wife Pat and children George and Clara with great pride and love. Once asked what the secret to a happy marriage was, he said: ‘Marry someone generous-hearted.’

“Hayes was excellent company, with biting yet self-deprecating wit, who was willing to tell a good story against himself. He also had wicked nicknames for many colleagues. But underlying that acerbic tongue was a quiet sentimentality and great kindness.”

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Chris Roush

Chris Roush was the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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