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Daughter of Poynter dies at 67 of cancer

By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published November 29, 2007


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Nancy Cameron was a daughter of Nelson Poynter.

Nancy Poynter Cameron, a daughter of longtime St. Petersburg newspaper executive Nelson Poynter, died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday (Nov. 27, 2007). She was 67.

Mrs. Cameron's daughter, Catherine Dunik, was with her mother at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. The cause was lung cancer, she said.

Mrs. Cameron was one of two daughters of Nelson Poynter and his first wife, Catherine. Poynter owned and was chairman of the board of the St. Petersburg Times and the Evening Independent and founded the school for journalists now called the Poynter Institute.

Mrs. Cameron graduated from St. Petersburg High School and attended the University of Chicago and DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. She made her debut in St. Petersburg in 1958. She attended the Institute of Higher Studies and the School of Letters of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and received a master's degree in education from Boston University.

She lived in London, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta before settling in Vancouver. Her marriages to George Arthur Feaver and Robert Cameron ended in divorce.

She taught for several years and was an active volunteer in elementary schools.

"She loved travel, the arts and crosswords, was a keen newspaper reader and had great interests in politics and social justice," Mrs. Dunik said.

"Nancy was a lovely woman of high spirit and warm heart," said Eugene Patterson, editor emeritus of the Times. "She and her sister, Sally, were the apples of Nelson Poynter's eye: Being their father gave him his greatest pride and pleasure. Although Nancy lived much of her married life in Canada, St. Petersburg was always home to her. She was a dear friend to me, and a smiling, caring treasure to every person she ever met."

Her stepmother, Marion Poynter of Warrenton, Va., said Mrs. Cameron "was a fine person with extraordinary intelligence, style and wit. I will miss her greatly."

At Mrs. Cameron's request, there will be no funeral. Survivors in addition to her daughter and stepmother are a sister, Sally Poynter of St. Petersburg; a nephew, John Glass of Wellesley, Mass.; a niece, Sarah Owens of St. Petersburg; and three great-nieces, Kate, Holly and Eliza Glass of Wellesley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.

[Last modified November 28, 2007, 21:39:12]


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