Former USC journalism school dean dies at 89

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dr. Albert Taylor Scroggins Jr., a World War II veteran and former dean of the University of South Carolina's journalism school, has died. He was 89.

Dunbar Funeral Home confirmed Monday that Scroggins died Saturday after an extended illness, but did not provide specifics.

Scroggins served in the South Pacific in the Navy during World War II. He led journalism and campus publications programs at the University of South Florida, and at Southern Illinois and Samford universities. He retired from the University of South Carolina in 1985 after 20 years as its journalism dean.

Survivors include his wife, Lilla Scroggins, two daughters, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

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