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(February 5, 1898-February 3, 1969) Born Ralph Emerson McGill in Soddy, Tennessee; moved to Chattanooga as six-year-old. Attended Vanderbilt (1917-18, 1920-21), where he worked on student newspaper Vanderbilt Hustler; expelled after fraternity prank during senior year. Hired at Nashville Banner, reporting on sports, politics, and crime; became acting sports editor in 1923. Joined Atlanta Constitution in 1929 as assistant sports editor; later became associate editor, editor (1942-61) and publisher (1961-69). Traveled to Scandinavia in 1937 on Rosenwald fellowship to study farm marketing and rural schools; published Two Georgians Explore Scandinavia (with Thomas C. David, for Georgia State Department of Education) in 1938. In daily Atlanta Constitution columns, frequently addressed questions of segregation and racial justice. Column "A Church, a School," on Atlanta Temple bombing and school burning, won 1958 Pulitzer Prize for editorial leadership. Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1964. Died in Atlanta. Author of Israel Revisited (1950) and The South and the Southerner (1963); his Atlanta Constitution columns have been collected in The Fleas Come with the Dog (1954), A Church, a School (1959), and posthumously in Southern Encounters: Southerners of Note in Ralph McGill's South (1983), and No Place to Hide: The South and Human Rights (1984).