Al Horne was a journalist who spent four decades at The Washington Post, where he edited the Outlook section in the 1970s and then worked on the foreign desk, shepherding stories about the end of communism.
Mr. Horne was born to a Jews Family in Poland who were forced to flee soon after the German invasion in September 1939. He grew up in New York and, after a brief journalism apprenticeship, arrived at The Post in 1958 as an assistant city editor. He was fluent in Polish and German and, over the next decade, he was an editor on the world and national desks and with The Post’s Magazine, then called Potomac.
Horne ran the Outlook opinion and essay section from 1971 to 1982, then was an assistant foreign editor until retiring in 1997. He mostly guided other reporters in the field as they covered the dramatic final years of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
Washington Post’s Foreign Desk, Stalwart Editor, Al Horne, passed away at age of 89
The journalist who spent 4 decades in the Washington Post and who wrote a story about the end of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Al Horne, died on September 9, at a hospital in Washington. He was 89 years old.
The cause of death was a Heart Attack, said his daughter Ellen Horne.
He has taught many reporters about many things in their field. He guided many reporters in their field.
Al Horne’s Family and Children
In 1960, he married Ann Hurd. In addition to his wife, of Washington, and his daughter Ellen, of West Orange, N.J., survivors include six other children, Julia Patchan of Herndon, Owen Horne of Lakeway, Libby Horne of La Crescenta, Jennifer Horne of Santa Cruz, Gary Einhorn of Takoma Park and Brian Horne of Portland. He altogether has 11 grandchildren.
Al Horne’s Educational Background
Mr. Horne was editor of his high school newspaper and attended Williams College in Massachusetts on scholarship.
After graduating in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in American history and literature, he worked for the Berkshire Eagle newspaper in Pittsfield, Mass, and served in the army before joining The Post.