Obituary for Don North 1938-2019

Mr. Donald George North, born on May 19, 1938 in Ladner, British Columbia, passed away at age 80 on January 7, 2019. Donald was the loving husband of Deanna North. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Sylvia Veitch and Helen Leibich. Donald is survived by his sons, Glen North and Sam North; and daughters, Fiona Dempsey and Jessica North. 

For forty years, Don North has combined the skills of journalist, film and video producer, cameraman, spokesperson, writer, and trainer in a wide variety of international forums. He began his career in Hong Kong, soon gravitating to the war in Vietnam where he assumed the roles of photojournalist and radio reporter. In 1968 he reported on the attack of the US Embassy by Viet Cong guerrillas during the Tet Offensive. He has been been embedded in fifteen wars including reporting from Bosnia, Sarajevo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He recently returned from Nigeria where he witnessed the atrocities of the Boko Haram.

Don was the director of Northstar Productions, Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia. He has a degree in advanced international reporting from Columbia University, New York. He wrote regularly for Vietnam Magazine and North was Vice President of Military Reporters and Editors and a member of the National Press Club and National Association of Press Photographers. Constantly reinventing himself, he self-published the book Inappropriate Conduct: Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent and was working on a screenplay of the same name.

Friends and family members may attend the memorial service on Saturday, February 16 from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. at The National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 20045.

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  1. To my dear friend Don.

    The tears rolled today, not knowing why,
    I was led to your site and realized
    you were now in realms of yonder.

    You are a brave Soul my brother,
    worthy of honors high.
    A witness in the eyes of the Gods.
    A service to mankind.
    You are now home,
    may you continue to serve this
    world, with your love.


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