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Obituary: Aubrey Higgs

Aubrey Higgs, former sports news editor who worked with sports editor Jack Davis for most of his career, died on Tuesday at the age of 93.

John Freeman remembers him as one of the nicest people you could ever meet and absolutely devoted to Reuters. 

“The love of his journalistic life was tennis. He lived close to the Wimbledon courts and ran our coverage impeccably for more years than I can remember,” Freeman said. “He was conscientious to a fault – making young upstarts like me adhere to the basic Reuters tenets of speed and accuracy.”

Jon Henderson, who worked with Higgs for five or six years before he retired at the age of 59 in the mid-1970s, remembers him as an extremely nice, courteous and straightforward man and the last of a generation of sports desk grandees that also included Vernon Morgan and Claude Richardson.

“One of his great contributions to Reuters was his tennis coverage. He was a regular at Wimbledon for many years and also covered the French Open at Roland Garros.” ■

Gallery of Aubrey Higgs in Reuters-related photos