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07/29/91

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Former Knight Fellow killed covering battle

STANFORD -- German journalist Egon Scotland, who was a 1989-90 Knight Fellow at Stanford University, was killed Friday, July 26, while covering the fighting in Yugoslavia.

Scotland's car was attacked with gunfire by Serb fighters. He was severely wounded and died shortly afterward at a hospital.

Scotland, 42, was a reporter and foreign correspondent for Suddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, one of Germany's leading newspapers. He previously had covered the Persian Gulf War. At the time of his death, he had been reporting from Yugoslavia for two weeks.

Prof. James V. Risser, director of the Knight Fellowships for professional journalists, said: "Egon Scotland was a brilliant man, and a sensitive, compassionate, dedicated journalist. When I phoned his wife, Christiane, after hearing of his death, she told me that 'Egon's Stanford year was so important to him and gave him new ideas for things he wanted to do and was trying to do as a journalist.'

"Egon's death is both a personal and professional tragedy," Risser said.

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