Stuart McIver Sr., a newspaper reporter whose assignments included early Baltimore Colts coverage, died Thursday of complications from surgery at North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was 86 and lived in Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Born in Sanford, N.C., he earned a journalism degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and worked on Greensboro and Charlotte newspapers before moving to Baltimore and joining the The Sun's staff in the 1940s.
After breaking in as Western District police reporter, he went to the sports department and initially covered Navy football and golf, and worked the sports copy desk.
He also covered the Baltimore Colts when the team competed in the All-American Football Conference, before the club entered the rival National Football League.
"He was one of the most energetic guys I remember. He did everything. And also a great personality - laughing a lot and keeping the department cheery," said Seymour S. Smith, former assistant sports editor. "It was a small department in those days, and he helped with the camaraderie. He was a heck of a good reporter and a heck of a good desk man."
Mr. McIver met his future wife, Joan Hinebaugh, while she was working in the newspaper library. He proposed to her in Mount Vernon Square, family members said. They married on June 14, 1949.
He left Baltimore in 1962 and moved to Jupiter, Fla. He became editor of South Florida History magazine, did freelance work and wrote Death in the Everglades: The Murder of Guy Bradley, America's First Martyr to Environmentalism, among other works.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Kraeer Funeral Home, 1199 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Stuart McIver Jr. of Pompano Beach; four daughters, Jan Hammett of Anderson, S.C., Barbara McIver of Jacksonville, Fla., Laurel McIver of Dania Beach, Fla., and Margery McIver of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.