John A. Armstrong, news producer

Thursday, March 10, 2011; 7:58 PM

John A. Armstrong, 72, deputy bureau chief of the Washington Bureau of ABC News from 1982 to 1991, died Feb. 25 at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville of complications after a series of strokes. He had lived in Bethesda since 1969.

Mr. Armstrong joined ABC News in 1980 as a senior producer for "World News Tonight." From 1969 until 1979, he worked as an associate producer in Washington for "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." He briefly worked for CBS News's "Sunday Morning" before joining ABC.

Before retiring in 1994, he worked on projects for the cable networks CNN and A&E.

John Ayres Armstrong, a native of Bound Brook, N.J., received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in 1963 from Rutgers University. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

He was a radio reporter in New Brunswick and Baltimore before joining CBS in 1964 as a newswriter in New York.

Among his professional honors was a Peabody Award in 1979 as part of the production team on "Sunday Morning" and a shared Emmy Award in 1973 for CBS's coverage of Vice President Spiro Agnew's resignation.

Survivors include his wife 51 years, Donna Norman Armstrong of Bethesda; two children, Lynn Fuchs of Ridgely and Thomas Armstrong of Chevy Chase; and a sister.

- Lauren Wiseman

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