Washington Post Obit on Dan Carmichael

(The Washington Post Jan. 21, 1992, obit on former UPI staffer Dan Carmichael)

Dan Carmichael, 38, a reporter for United Press International for 20 years and an official of the Wire Service Guild, died of complications of AIDS Jan. 19 at Jefferson Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Carmichael joined UPI in Honolulu in 1971 and worked at the news service's Dallas and New York bureaus before transferring to Washington in 1983. He covered the Labor and Justice departments and left UPI in November.

Mr. Carmichael served as secretary-treasurer of the Wire Service Guild, the union representing employees of news services, for eight years and helped negotiate three national contracts for members at UPI. Among them was a 1983 pact that included language requiring all union-covered employees to pay dues, a long-sought measure that was virtually unheard of in the news industry.

When UPI declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1985, Mr. Carmichael had a key role in protecting the interests of UPI employees in federal court, and was instrumental in bringing about the UPI sale to Mexican publisher Mario Vasquez Rana.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Carmichael moved to Honolulu from Alice Springs, Australia, when he was 10. He was a graduate of the University of Hawaii.

While a reporter in Dallas, he covered the legal battle over the exhumation of the body of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. He was the only reporter present when the grave was opened in 1981.

He is survived by his parents, Margaret and Ned Carmichael of Goolwa, South Australia; three brothers, Paul, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Sam, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Mark, of Kamuela, Hawaii; and a sister, Ruth Calise of Warwick, R.I.

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