Lennox "Red" McLendon, a longtime staff photographer for The Associated Press, died in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 24. He was 74.
McLendon joined the AP in 1976 and covered major sporting events, politics and often the celebrities of Southern California. In the early '90s, he moved to Las Vegas as the first AP staff photographer for Nevada. After his retirement, McLendon developed Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dianne.
Viewing will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Kraft Sussman Funeral Home, 3975 South Durango Drive, Suite 104, Las Vegas. The memorial service will be at noon, Nov. 2, in the Chapel at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
A career photojournalist, Red also served meritoriously in Vietnam, documenting the actions of the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and recognized by the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Vietnam for his valor and for “informing the American public of the Command's mission through his widely-published superb photographs."
Before Vietnam, he taught photography in the Navy and was selected to attend the military's prestigious photojournalism program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he later returned as a civilian to earn both Bachelor and Masters degrees.
After graduating, he became the chief photographer for the Marietta Daily Journal in Atlanta, working there from 1974 to 1976.
During his career with the Associated Press, Red traveled the globe covering everything from foreign civil insurrections to the Olympics, several U.S. presidents and the Pope. His domestic coverage included Hollywood, hard news (earthquakes, fires), and sports of every kind. He was named AP Photographer of the Year in 1990, and throughout his career received numerous professional awards for his photography, including recognition from Sports Illustrated as one of the “Top Four” sports photographers worldwide.
After retiring from AP in 1998, Red continued his battle with PTSD and many physical conditions that resulted from exposure to Agent Orange. As in war, he bravely fought the effects of diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s until they finally claimed his life.
If you cannot attend but would like to relay condolences, please email Doug Pizac ([email protected] ), and he will deliver them.