Wayne C. Coun­try­man, Sun copy ed­i­tor

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Wayne C. Coun­try­man, a for­mer Bal­ti­more Sun copy ed­i­tor, died Tues­day of com­pli­ca­tions from gas­troin­testi­nal dis­ease at his Roland Park home. He was 60. The son of Richard Coun­try­man, an elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian, and Mar­i­lyn Coun­try­man, a med­i­cal records sec­re­tary, Wayne Charles Coun­try­man was born and raised in Rome, N.Y., and grad­u­ated in 1974 from the Rome Free Academy.

Af­ter earn­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism and po­lit­i­cal science in 1978 from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity, he be­gan his ca­reer work­ing for the Bris­tol Her­ald Courier in Bris­tol, Va.

From1984 to 1989, Mr. Coun­try­man was a city desk copy ed­i­tor for the SunSen­tinel in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla.

He then joined the staff of The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va., as a copy ed­i­tor, and worked there un­til join­ing the staff of The Sun in 1998.

His copy edit­ing du­ties at The Sun in­cluded work­ing on the pa­per’s metropoli­tan and real es­tate sec­tions.

In 2004, he was named se­nior ed­i­tor of Amer­i­canStyle and NICHE mag­a­zines, both Bal­ti­more pub­li­ca­tions.

From 2008 to 2012, he was an as­sis­tant ed­i­tor at The Daily Record, edit­ing le­gal cov­er­age, spe­cial sec­tions, free­lance and wire copy for print and the web­site and writ­ing blog posts.

Mr. Coun­try­man worked as an as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tor of the Bal­ti­more Busi­ness Jour­nal from 2012 to 2013, then be­came a free­lance ed­i­tor, writer, proof­reader and re­searcher for pub­li­ca­tions and firms, in­clud­ing the Con­gres­sional Quar­terly, Bmore­me­dia.com, Bal­ti­more City Pa­per and Ho­gan Lovells US LLP, a Bal­ti­more law firm.

At the time of his death, he was work­ing as a copy ed­i­tor for The Daily Beast.

Mr. Coun­try­man lived on West Univer­sity Park­way in the Chad­ford Apart­ments. He was a char­ter mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Copy Ed­i­tors So­ci­ety and state press as­so­ci­a­tions.

He en­joyed mu­sic of all types, fam­ily mem­bers said, as well as pho­tog­ra­phy, travel and read­ing.

Plans for ser­vices for Mr. Coun­try­man are in­com­plete.

In ad­di­tion to his mother, who lives in Rome, N.Y., he is sur­vived by a brother, Gregg Coun­try­man of In­dian Trail, N.C.; two sis­ters, Bonita Kat­sur of Wasilla, Alaska, and Sheila Thomp­son of Solvang, Calif.; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

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