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Frank F. Buckley




Buckley Newspapers

Inducted June 26, 1998


Frank Buckley had a diverse career touching many lives throughout varied experiences. The son of Frank Wylie and Otto Watts Buckley, he was born Oct. 7, 1914. He married the former Vonnie V. Crouch in 1940.

He received his B.A. from Louisiana College in 1936 and went on to earn an LL.B. from Vanderbilt in 1954. He passed the Mississippi Bar the same year. Buckley earned his M.A. from Florida State University and his Doctorate of Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is a member of the School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame.

Buckley's newspaper experience included stints at the Daily News in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, the Daily Town Talk in Alexandria, La., the Morning Free Press, Easton, Pa., the Buffalo Evening News and the Nashville Tennessean. He founded Buckley Newspapers, which includes the Jasper County News, Smith County Reformer, and the Impact, in the late 1960s.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Buckley served as a journalism grad assistant at FSU, head of the Journalism Department and associate professor of journalism at USM, as lecturer at Southern Illinois University, and professor and chairman of the Journalism Department at Southwest Texas State University.

He died in 1998 at the age of 84.

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