Plainfield, N.H. — Geoffrey Pond, a veteran newspaper, network television and network radio journalist, died on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, of natural causes. He was 81 yrs. old. He had lived in the Upper Connecticut Valley region since 1993.
A native of Darien, Conn., Geoff was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and Columbia University, where he graduated cum laude, won the history prize and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was in the Army during the Korean War as a second lieutenant in the field artillery, stationed in Augsburg, West Germany.
His journalism career began in 1954 at The New York Times as a reporter. The first day of a labor dispute that was to close all New York City newspapers for 110 days led him to NBC News in New York late in 1962.
His last assignment at NBC was as Director of Northeast News, in charge of coverage of nine northeastern states, eastern Canada and the United Nations, with bureaus in New York and Boston.
Geoff, as he preferred to be called, was an assistant news editor at the Valley News until 2010, having come out of retirement to join the staff in February 1995. He edited local and regional news. Geoff regarded his return to print journalism at the Valley News as the most satisfying period in his career.
He is survived by his mother, Virginia C. Harris, of New York City; two daughters, Jennifer Pond Muckerman of Ramah, N.M., and Jamison Renning of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; his son, Gregory Pond and a brother, Robert Bell, both of New York City; a sister, Brenda Proulx of Cold Brook, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of VT and NH, 66 Benning St., Suite 6, West Lebanon, N.H.