Thomas L. Shafer, a 42-year veteran photographer with United...

ROGERS, Ark. -- Thomas L. Shafer, a 42-year veteran photographer with United Press International, died Tuesday of a massive str:ke. He was 76.

Services were scheduled Thursday at the Callison-Lough funeral home in Rogers.


Shafer first worked for two companies eventually acquired by UPI, Newspaper Enterprise Association and Acme Newspapers.

He was a correspondent in the Pacific theater during World War II and was among the photographers who covered Gen. Douglas MacArthur's triumphant return to the Philippines. Shafer was the first person to photograph Japanese Emperor Hirohito after the war ended.

He received a National Press Photographers award for charity work.

Shafer covered several national political conventions, photographed every president from Herbert Hoover to John Kennedy and covered numerous sporting events, including photographing the Kentucky Derby more than 25 times.

A two-time president of the Chicago Press Photographers, Shafer also was an honorary member of the 1st Calvary Division for participating in 18 troop landings.

He retired in 1972 and he and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Rogers in 1976.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Fred, Mount Prospect, Ill., and Tom Jr., Rogers.

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