Former DC Thomson journalist Dick Strachan, aged 81
Former Dundee journalist Dick Strachan has died in Roxburghe House at the age of 81.
Mr Strachan joined DC Thomson in August 1952, on the staff of the Rover and, apart from two years’ national service and five years on the sports desk of the Evening Telegraph and Sporting Post, served on most of the boys’ papers.
Always keen on sport, Dick was talent spotted by Hawkhill Harriers when he was Dundee Battalion Boys’ Brigade Athletics Champion. He then became Hawk’s club secretary, then district secretary for the North East AAA, helping revive competitive walking with the two mass races from Perth to Dundee in the early 1960s.
His national service was spent as an Intelligence Corps Field Security NCO in the Suez Canal Zone before the British troops withdrew in 1956. On demob he continued as an Intelligence Corps reservist in the Territorial Army, progressing from corporal in the 51st HD Counter Intelligence Platoon to Regimental Sergeant Major of the whole of the UK Intelligence Corps.
Mr Strachan was a member of the Dundee Press and Abertay golf clubs.