Alan Peppard, Morning News Columnist, Dead at 56

UPDATE: The memorial service for Alan Peppard will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. The service is open to the public. 

(Above: Staff writer and columnist Alan Peppard, shown here in 2015 with Charlotte Jones Anderson, is retiring after 30 years with The Dallas Morning News. (Photo by Jeanne Prejean)

Former Dallas Morning News society columnist and Texas historian Alan Peppard died Saturday night in his sleep at his Highland Park home.

A Greenhill School graduate, Peppard received his first byline in D Magazine in the October 1984 issue, where he worked as a writer and editor while he was still an undergrad at SMU. He went on to spend three decades with the morning news documenting Dallas and its “bold-face” names as a columnist and staff writer. His columns appeared three times a week in the paper’s arts and lifestyle section.

Peppard, who retired from the morning news September 2017, said in his exit letter, “As it is for many people, this career was neither my Plan A nor my Plan B. It was Plan C. Why did I stay? It was fun. Also, it gave me access to the world —not just to the world of the powerful but also to the world of the powerless.”

After retirement, Peppard went to work in the family business, Geomap Co., according to the DMN.

His cause of death is still pending.


Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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