R. Springer Hoskins ’50

R. Springer Hoskins ’50, former editor and vice president of the Harlan Daily Enterprise and former president of the Corbin Times-Tribune, died August 1, 2007,of cancer at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin. A Harlan County native, he joined the Harlan Daily Enterprise, which had been owned by an uncle, about 1951. He worked there for two decades as a reporter, editorial writer and advertising salesman, as well as editor and vice president. He joined the Times-Tribune, of which he was the major stockholder, in 1971. He wrote about a variety of topics, including personal experiences and politics, in a weekly column for that paper called “The Springboard.” The Corbin paper was sold in 1981. His work in the newspaper business came after a stateside stint in a Navy medical unit during World War II and graduation from Davidson where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was a member of the Kentucky Press Association executive committee; past president and a founding member of the Harlan County Jaycees; former member of the Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital advisory council; former member of the Pine Mountain Settlement School board of trustees; past president of the Corbin Kiwanis Club; and former state Kiwanis Club officer. An elder in the Presbyterian Church, he served as moderator of the Transylvania Presbytery in 1991. He also served several years with the Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency in Buckhorn. He was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Harlan and later was a member of Corbin Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Anne Klein Hoskins, 96 Parsons St., Corbin, Ky. 40701; a son, David Hoskins ’81 of Corbin; two daughters, Caryn Overbey ’83 of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Anne Hoskins ’87 of Austin, Texas; two sisters; and four grandchildren.