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Robertson School mourns passing of Bryan DeVasher

Oct 31, 2018

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Bryan DeVasher in the newsroom of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Robertson School family mourns the sudden passing of Adjunct Professor William “Bryan” DeVasher.

“Professor DeVasher was a very important and highly valued member of the Robertson School, teaching as an adjunct professor here for more than six years,” said Robertson School Director Dr. Hong Cheng. “He was known to both students and faculty/staff colleagues for his kindness, good humor and tremendous knowledge of print journalism.”

DeVasher, who died on Tuesday at age 54, was most recently the managing editor of WYDaily (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily) newspaper and previously worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. At the Robertson School he taught every student in the digital journalism sequence over the last several years as the instructor of the School’s copy editing course.

The Robertson School community’s thoughts are with Bryan DeVasher's wife and children.

Students who need counseling support during this sad time, may call University Counseling Services at (804) 828-6200 or walk in during the regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, the number to call is (804) 828-1234 to speak with an on-call counselor. Information about University Counseling Services is available at