William F. Greer, a former University of Arizona journalism professor and Associated Press editor, died Saturday in San Diego.

Greer was 68.

Greer, who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, began his career with the AP in 1968, according to a news release posted on the UA School of Journalism website.

In his 12 years with the AP, Greer worked in Tucson, Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago. His positions with the AP included Arizona state editor and broadcast executive, the release said.

Greer joined the School of Journalism in 1980 and, along with teaching photojournalism, he was adviser for the student-run The Tombstone Epitaph and focused on the school’s diversity efforts. He recruited, advised and mentored students from diverse backgrounds and was head of the school’s annual Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students for many years. He retired in 2008.

“What’s made him so cherished by so many over the years is that he didn’t just focus on the superstars. He gave encouragement and lessons to students at all levels, seeing students as works in progress,” Susan Knight, an associate professor at the School of Journalism, said via Facebook. “Bill viewed students on a path of life-learning in addition to building specific knowledge in their major. 

Greer is survived by two daughters.

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