People: Scots of Windsor's Past
Angus Munro (1901-1974):
"[Angus Munro] is one of the most responsible reporters in this country."
~ Paul Martin
This "slight and dapper" Scotsman was the Windsor Star's labour reporter for over twenty years, "and widely acknowledged as one of the best [reporters] in Canada." 1 Born in Scotland, Munro came to London, Ontario with his family as a child. As a young man he wrote for the Detroit Free Press while freelancing for the Windsor Daily Star, for which he began to work full-time in 1938. He reported for them for the remainder of his thirty-one year career, dedicating twenty of those years to labour reporting. His unbiased, no-nonsense style earned him a reputation "as one of the best reporters in Canada," a title for which Senator Paul Martin vouched at Munro's 1969 retirement party. Over two hundred people crowded into the banquet hall to honour Munro's long journalism career, which also included the establishment of the Windsor Men's Press Club (now the International Press Club) in the late 1950s.
Munro also authored a popular column called "The Way Things Were." These anecdotes and short histories looked nostalgically back to the roots of Windsor, and provided Star readers with bits of information that would enhance their appreciation for their city.
In 1991, the Rotary Club of Windsor established the Communication Studies Award in Munro's memory. The bursary is given annually to a third- or fourth-year undergraduate residing in Essex County, and is based on merit and need, with preference given to applicants who are planning to purse careers in journalism.