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Ex-Grosse Pointe high school journalism teacher Bob Button dies at 81

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Robert "Bob" Lockwood Button, a beloved journalism teacher who taught at Grosse Pointe South High School, trained generations of journalists who went on to accomplished careers in print and broadcast media, died Dec. 23, 2021. This picture is circa 2019.

Robert “Bob” Lockwood Button, a high school teacher who shaped lives and trained generations of print and broadcast journalists, died Dec. 23.

Button, 81, died of pneumonia at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two adult children by his side. He had a lung infection related to steroid treatment for a skin condition that was only later diagnosed as lymphoma, which compromised his immune system, the family said.

Word of his death spread quickly as journalists across the country mourned the loss of a mentor, friend and father figure they met as students at Grosse Pointe South High School between 1966 and 1994.

The lucky ones worked at The Tower student newspaper, an award-winning weekly publication that earned readers all over the city.