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 David Garroway

David Garroway

Birth
Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Death 21 Jul 1982 (aged 69)
Swarthmore, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Washington, Lot 49
Memorial ID 1777 · View Source
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Television Personality. Born in Schnectady, New York, as a teen his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. There, he earned a degree in abnormal psychology at Washington University. In 1938, he traveled to New York where he attended the NBC school for announcers, after which he became a disc jockey first in Pittsburgh, and then in Chicago. He first gained notice for his television work as the host of the show, 'Garroway at Large,' which ran on NBC from 1949, to 1951. A reviewer called him "pleasant, serious, scholarly looking and...convivial," and that was to be his trademark demeanor. He was then recruited as the host of a new morning news-and-entertainment experiment, the 'Today' show, which premiered in 1952, and he was credited with making the show a success. Concurrently, he hosted a Friday night variety series, 'The Dave Garroway Show,' which ran from October 1953, to June 1954, as well as a documentary series, 'Wide Wide World' which ran until 1958. In April 1961, his wife died after a prescription drug overdose, and he tendered his resignation from 'Today' a month later, reportedly suffering from depression. The following year, he hosted a series 'Exploring the Universe' and again did some radio work. In 1969, he premiered a daytime talk show called, 'Tempo Boston,' but it only lasted a year before being canceled. He then moved to California where he hosted a music-and-talk radio show in Los Angeles, and won a bit part in an episode of the television series, 'Alias Smith and Jones' in 1972. His final television appearance was a 30th anniversary guest of the 'Today' show in 1982. Several months later, reportedly suffering from post-operative complications following open heart surgery and depression, he died following a self inflicted gunshot. He has a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame at 6230 Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1777
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Garroway (13 Jul 1913–21 Jul 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1777, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .