Eugene H. Methvin was a veteran editor and writer in the Washington bureau of Reader’s Digest. He began his journalistic career in 1958 as a general assignment reporter with the Washington Daily News. He went to work for Reader’s Digest in 1960, where he remained as a staff member and contributing editor for 42 years.
He was born in Vienna, Georgia, where his parents published a weekly newspaper. He graduated in 1955 from the University of Georgia, where he played football. He did postgraduate study at the University of Georgia law school, then served three years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot.
Mr. Methvin was a past president of the Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which in 1995 named him to its hall of fame. He was married to the late Barbara Lester Methvin until her death in 2000 in an automobile accident. Methvin died in 2012, survived by two daughters and two granddaughters.
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