Robert "Doc" McGaughey III, a retired Murray State University journalism professor, died Friday in Louisville.

Susan Guess, Murray State Board of Regents chairwoman, posted on social media that McGaughey died around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Louisville Hospital. He was 76.

A 1965 Murray State graduate, McGaughey went on to teach journalism and served as chairman of the university's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications for more than 20 years. He earned a master's degree from Murray State and his doctorate from Ohio University.

He was also a Vietnam veteran and inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012.

McGaughey's funeral arrangements remained pending as of Saturday afternoon, according to J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray.

The Sun will publish a tribute to McGaughey in its Tuesday edition.

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