Veteran journalist joined network in 1964

Ed Croft, who joined NBC in 1964 and rose to be become a field producer for NBC Nightly News covering world events from the War in the Balkans to the O.J. Simpson trial, died April 13 of complications from prostate cancer. He was 68.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

The Glendale resident graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern U. in Evanston, Ill., in 1961, and received a master’s degree from Medill the following year.

After breaking into journalism at a weekly newspaper in Libertyville, Ill., Croft nabbed a part-time job at NBC in Chicago in 1964 and became full-time in 1965, transferring to the NBC bureau in Burbank. Before retiring from the network, Croft worked as an assignment editor and an in-house and field producer covering major events including President Jimmy Carter’s visit to India and the Native American protest at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

Croft was a founding member of the Medill Alumni Assn. of Southern California, where he headed the scholarship program. He also volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity, St. Mark’s Church in Glendale and the Glendale schools.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters; a son; a brother; two sisters and two grandchildren.

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