Joseph Volz

Born: Wed., Mar. 6, 1935
Died: Sat., May 23, 2020


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"Joseph Volz died Saturday, May 23rd, following a stroke complicated by diabetes; he was 85. He discovered his career as a journalist in high school while covering sports for the Newark daily newspaper. He'd like to say "I've shut down six newspapers," including the Washington Star.

In more than 30 years as an investigative journalist for the New York Daily News, Washington Star, Washington Daily News, and Newark News, Joe Volz covered everything from the police force to Watergate to the Pentagon. He ended his career as a columnist for the Copley News Service and the Frederick News-Post.

Joe was a Pulitzer Prize finalist with the New York Daily News for his reporting on military preparedness.

Joe was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 6, 1935. He graduated from Rutgers University. While awaiting his draft notice, he took a world tour visiting New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti. While serving in Germany, he met his first wife, Helga Scharf.

He is survived by his wife, Kate Bird, and children, Chris Volz (Hannah), Janet O'Shea (Benjamin), Chris Rigaux, Pam Rigaux (Cameron Gerlach), and Dan Rigaux (Stephanie). Other survivors include 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place in the future."

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William whyte
   Posted Wed July 22, 2020
We were saddened to learn of the death of Joe Volz. Our friendship goes back over 60 years to our days at Rutgers University when Joe began his journalism career as editor of the student newspaper, expanding it from a weekly to a daily paper, which it remains to this day.
It was always a pleasure to see him with wife Kate Bird at class reunions, where we and other classmates enjoyed his tales of class pranks and misadventures .
My wife Bonnie and I send condolences to his family and friends. We hope to participate in a future memorial service.

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