Doug Delp, a former editor for the Miami Herald and helicopter pilot in Vietnam, died today.
Delp, who was known simply as the Delper, was a long-time editor in the Herald's Fort Lauderdale bureau before leaving in 1999 to work at Bankrate.com, where he was part of a team that won a 2008 Sigma Chi Delta award for a piece on a Federal Reserve rate cut. During his journalism career, he also worked at the Fort Lauderdale News and Detroit Free Press.
Delp, who lived in Jupiter with his wife Elena and their two dogs, died after complications from diverticulitis surgery. Here's a copy of the email that went out to Herald alums.
Subject: Doug Delp has passed away
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 12:54:06 -0400
Dear Herald buddies,
I'm so sorry to have to pass on the information from Ron Ishoy that Doug Delp died this morning. A longtime member of the Broward Bureau who's been at Bankrate.com for the last few years, Doug was one of those people we all thought would be around forever. He was a rock-of-gibraltar kind of guy who did everything and did it well, while all the time being so friendly and easy-going that he made it all look easy. The last time the Broward gang had the pleasure of his company was at the 2005 reunion. He was the MC on the first night of the reunion, narrating a funny PowerPoint retrospective on the life and times of the Fort Lauderdale bureau. He set a very informal tone for the evening, which made everybody relax and have a wonderful time. When I think of Doug, I always see him in that flattened down cap that he liked to wear at a jaunty angle. He was a terrific guy...so say us all.
Lynn Klein Laurenti Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Communications & Marketing Florida Atlantic University