Duane K. "Mickey" Rair

Duane's Story

Prospect - Duane K. "Mickey" Rair, 85, of Prospect, Maine, who died on Sept. 8 at his home of complications of cancer, was a retired newspaperman and a Korean War Veteran.
Rair was born in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Syracuse, NY. He began his newspaper career as a copy boy for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1949.
In 1951, he enlisted in the United State Marine Corps and served as an Intelligence Sargent with the 1st Marines in the Korean War until 1953.
After discharge, he returned to Philadelphia and worked as a reporter, copy writer and editor at The Inquirer until 1959, when he was hired as assistant city editor at The Evening Bulletin.
In 1977, Mickey moved to Maine to work as copy editor and news editor at the Bangor Daily News. He retired in 1990 to spend time with his wife of more than 50 years, Sue, travel, and support various charities.
During his time as a journalist, Rair taught writers at both Temple University and University of Maine.
He is survived by his children, Stephanie Rair Abbott of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael L. Rair and Barbara Bragdon of Brewer, and David and Michele Rair of Pearl City, Hawaii, along with 8 grandchildren and his rescued dog, Karl.
Services and burial will be private. Donations can be made to Bangor Humane Society at (207) 942-8902.
Published on  September 14, 2016 in
Bangor Daily News
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