Sanford Circle profile: Dyar Edwin Massey, Jr.

Grady Salutes will be virtual this year.
Please join our celebration on Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

Dyar Edwin Massey, Jr. (ABJ ’37, MA ’38) is one of those people who didn’t let an opportunity pass to get involved and make a difference—both as a student and as a communications professional.

Grady College is proud to honor Massey for his numerous contributions to journalism, education and his community by inducting him into the Sanford Circle, a posthumous honor created to recognize friends of the college whose achievement and generosity of spirit remain with us.

The induction takes place virtually April 16 at 7 p.m. during the College’s annual Grady Salutes event.

“Dyar was incredible and set a positive example in every way,” said his brother, Abit Massey. “He had a genuine willingness to help others and was active across the campus.”

Dyar Massey (l.) served as editor-in-chief of The Red & Black along with Capers Holmes (ABJ ’38,  MA ’48), managing editor, and Don Carter (ABJ ’38), associate editor. (Photo: Red & Black)

A native of South Carolina, Dyar Massey began his  journalism career in high school and continued to The Red & Black where he ultimately served as editor-in-chief. Despite the fact that he finished his undergraduate degree in three years, Massey was very active on campus serving in leadership positions in Blue Key, Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity, UGA Baptist Union and the YMCA, among others. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; Sphinx, the highest non-scholastic honor; and the Demosthenian Literary Society.

As Dyar continued to pursue his master’s degree in journalism, he started teaching as an assistant and later as a Teaching Fellow on the faculty of Grady, the school that was just over 20 years old. John Drewry was the director (later called dean) and according to Massey’s brother, Abit, rumor has it that Drewry asked Dyar to substitute for him when he was out of town and was amazed at how much Dyar covered in his absence.

Following graduation, Massey served in three positions simultaneously from 1939 to 41: director of public relations for the University of Georgia, executive secretary (now called executive director) of the UGA Alumni Association and assistant professor of journalism.

After purchasing the Headlight newspaper in Wrightsville, Georgia, in 1945, he served as editor and publisher until 1951, writing articles, among others, condemning the Ku Klux Klan in the area.

Dyar Massey served as publisher and editor of the Headlight, in Wrightsville, Georgia, in the early 1950s.

Massey was invited to come back to Athens in 1950 to direct the UGA Sesquicentennial ceremonies and continued working at his alma mater serving as director of public relations from 1951 to 1954.

Service to community continued to be a guide for Dyer long after college and throughout his career. He served as president of the American College Public Relations Association, president of Southeastern Association of Teachers of Journalism, deacon in Baptist Churches in each community he lived and served on the board of managers of the Georgia Press Association, among other organizations.

Massey continued his service to higher education, serving as director of development at Furman University and vice president for development and planning at Emory University.

Dyar battled diabetes throughout his life and died in 1973.

“Diabetes shortened his life,” said Abit, “and he passed at 56, so he had less time to make his mark, but he made it well—showing others by example how to live and die.”

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Grady Salutes celebration honors Alumni Award winners and Fellowship inductees; Jennifer Bellamy to emcee the event

Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership, takes place April 26 at a new location this year — the Athens Cotton Press at 149 Oneta St. In addition to honoring award winners, the event will also include an auction which people can participate in at the event and digitally from remote locations.

Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ ’08), a reporter for WXIA-TV, will emcee the event.

The annual Grady Salutes event recognizes honorees of Grady College.

Alumni Award recipients who will be recognized this year include:

• Chris Holcomb (ABJ ’85) will receive the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. As the Lifetime Achievement recipient, Holcomb will also be inducted into the Grady Fellowship.
• Henry “Hadjii” Hand (ABJ ’98) will be honored with the Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award
• Angela Alfano (ABJ ’10) will be awarded the John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award
• James “Ford” Risley (MA ’92) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award

Five alumni and friends will be inducted into the Grady Fellowship, an honor recognizing accomplishments, friendship and service. Those inductees include:

• Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93)
• Richard Griffiths
• Dean Krugman
• Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82)
• Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97)

Tom Crawford will be inducted into the Sanford Circle (photo: Jennifer Stalcup)

Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72), the founder and editor of “The Georgia Report” (known early on as “Capitol Impact”) for more than 18 years, will be inducted posthumously into the Sanford Circle.

Reservations for Grady Salutes are now closed.  However, we do have a limited amount of tickets remaining for the evening.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Andrews at

Grady Salutes Auction

New to the event this year is an auction which anybody can participate in, whether they are Grady College alumni or not, or whether they are attending the Grady Salutes event or not.

To bid, participants can visit the Grady Salutes Auction website or text “Grady19” to 52182.

Auction items include:

  • Two Cannes Film Festival Tickets and Getaway (value $510)
  • Four premium Braves Tickets (donated by SunTrust — value $195)
  • Premier Suite to an Atlanta Hawks Game (donated by Steve Koonin — value $1,500)
  • Two first-class Delta Tickets flying anywhere in the world (donated by Delta — value $8,000)
  • Two tickets to the 2020 Peabody Awards in Los Angeles (donated by Peabody Awards — value $420)

All proceeds benefit the Georgia Fund for Grady.


2019 Grady College Fellowship class, Sanford Circle honoree announced

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is pleased to announce its 2019 Fellowship class: Connie Ledoux Book (PhD ’93), Richard Griffiths, Dean Krugman, Carole Munroe (ABJ ’82) and Brian Robinson (ABJ ’97).

Established in 2008, the Grady College Fellowship honors alumni and friends of the college whose accomplishments and service to their industries have made a positive impact.

In addition, Tom Crawford (1950-2018) will be inducted into the Sanford Circle. A posthumous honor, the Sanford Circle recognizes friends of Grady College whose achievement and generosity of spirit remain with the college.

The induction of the Fellows and Sanford Circle honoree, along with recognition of the Grady College Alumni Award winners, takes place at “Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership” on April 26, 2019, at the Athens Cotton Press, 149 Oneta Street, Athens.

Connie Ledoux Book –Book is president of Elon University. Early in her higher education career, Book spent 16 years at Elon University as a professor and senior leader before leaving for a job as provost and chief academic officer, of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. She returned to Elon University in 2018 to become its ninth president. Book earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Education from Northwestern State University and her Ph.D. in mass communication from Grady College.

Richard Griffiths – Before he retired in March 2017, Griffiths spent twenty years as CNN’s editorial oversight, most recently as vice president and senior editorial director. Currently, he serves as president of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, focusing on government access and free speech issues. Griffiths has been named Distinguished Industry Fellow at the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership and serves on Grady College’s Board of Trust. Griffith’s work has been awarded two Emmys, five Peabody awards and two Investigative Reporters and Editors medals.

Dean Krugman – Krugman is professor emeritus in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College. Prior to his retirement, Krugman served as a department head and senior associate dean and director of graduate studies, playing an instrumental role in the creation of the doctoral program at Grady College. He is a prolific researcher, focusing on audience views of changing media environments and health communication, specifically surrounding anti-tobacco strategies. Krugman served as president of the American Academy of Advertising and was named a Fellow of AAA in 2018.

Carole Jackson Munroe – Munroe is a senior director of brand communications for portfolio, loyalty and content for Hilton Worldwide. Prior to Hilton, Munroe served as the director of public relations and content relations for Disney Parks. Her work has been recognized with PRSA and Telly Awards, and several first place awards from the Associated Press early in her journalism career. While she was a journalism student at UGA, Munroe was chosen as the first student selected for a full-time internship with the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, where she served as a special assistant to Coretta Scott King. She continues to impact Grady College by serving two terms on the Grady Alumni Board and mentoring Grady’s PRSSA and NABJ chapters, as well as individual students.

Brian Robinson – As an owner of Robinson Republic, a communications consulting firm specializing in public affairs messaging, Robinson works with clients to develop media relations and manage crises. Prior to starting his own business, Robinson served as deputy chief of staff for communications during Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign in 2010 and 2014. In 2012, he was named UGA’s 40 under 40 class and is an alumnus of Georgia’s 2015 Leadership class. He was also an adjunct professor teaching public affairs communications at Grady College in 2016 and is a member of the Grady College Board of Trust.

By receiving the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, Chris Holcomb, chief meteorologist for WXIA/WATL-TV, will also be inducted into the Grady Fellowship.

Tom Crawford will be inducted into the Sanford Circle (photo: Jennifer Stalcup)

The Sanford Circle honoree, Tom Crawford (ABJ ’72), was the voice of Georgia politics, serving as the founder and editor of “The Georgia Report” (known early on as “Capitol Impact”) for more than 18 years.  He penned a weekly newspaper column that was published in nearly 30 Georgia newspapers, delivering political conversation beyond the capitol to towns and rural communities throughout the state. He was also an early adopter web-based journalism, sharing his political news via an online subscription and through blog posts. Crawford, a former editor of the Red & Black, studied journalism at Grady College and went on to write for the Marietta Daily Journal, the Montgomery Advertiser and The Atlanta Journal. His papers are archived in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

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