George J. Lockwood, 81; Led Milwaukee Journal To Pulitzer

George J. Lockwood
George J. Lockwood

George J. Lockwood, a longtime editor at The Milwaukee Journal who oversaw the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning series on water pollution in Wisconsin, died January 31 at a Phoenix hospital.

Lockwood died from ALS, according to his wife, Eileen. The couple lived in St. Joseph, MO, and spent winters in Phoenix. He was 81.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning series, "Pollution, the Spreading Menace," won for meritorious public service in 1967. At the time, Lockwood was editor of The Journal's old Picture Journal and supervised production of the three-part series of articles and pictures.

During that era, the Milwaukee Journal's photography department was probably the best newspaper photography staff assembled, with many of the  photogrpahers and editors going on to careers at National Geographic and Sports Illustrated and the leading weekly news magazines. Lockwood was know to be a great supporter of photography and photographers.

Read more about Lockwood's life and career online here in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.