Local Obituaries

Rush Dozier, former Lexington journalist, state government official, dies

Rush Dozier Jr., a Madisonville native who served as city editor of the Herald-Leader and chief counsel to Gov. John Y. Brown, died on Dec. 26, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Dozier attended Harvard University and Vanderbilt University Law School before returning to Kentucky to work in journalism. He served as an aide, and later chief counsel to Brown, who later appointed him to the Public Service Commission.

In his later life, Dozier became an author of such books as Fear Itself: The Origin and Nature of the Powerful Emotion that Shapes Our Lives and Our World, and Why We Hate: Understanding, Curbing, and Eliminating Hate in Ourselves and Our World.

Al Smith, former host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, said Mr. Dozier was a frequent guest on the show in the late 1970s. Smith said Mr. Dozier was also instrumental in helping the Brown administration get the Governors' Scholars program for high school students off the ground.

"He was a brilliant person and a close friend of mine," Smith said.

Ferrell Wellman, host of Comment on Kentucky, said Mr. Dozier could have been successful in any career he chose.

"Rush really cared about people both as a journalist and later as a public servant," Wellman said. "He was a fun guy to be around because of his bright, lively personality."

Mr. Dozier is survived by his wife, Patricia McHugh Dozier, of Sacramento; his parents, Rush W. Dozier and Patricia Sisk Dozier of Redington Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Raymond L. Dozier of Palm Desert, Calif.

The cause of death is unknown. He was buried in Sacramento.