Maurice (Mickey) Carroll, a longtime publisher who was at the stage in Dallas when murderer Lee Harvey Oswald was killed, died Wednesday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 86.
The joyful Carroll spent the past two decades as the orator for the Quinnipiac University poll, mostly providing insights into the results to especially New York and New Jersey reporters.
He is also the father of New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Carroll.
“Saddened by the flitting of Mickey Carroll,” Gov. Cuomo pronounced in a tweet. “He was a lady who cared deeply about the law and about New York. He will be missed.”
Carroll spent some-more than 40 years as a journalist, operative for such publications as The New York Times, New York Post, New York Herald Tribune and New York Newsday.
He also spent time at a series of New Jersey papers, including the state’s largest one, The Star-Ledger.
While operative for the Herald Tribune, Carroll was dispatched to Dallas in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was at the Dallas police domicile on Nov. 24, 1963, when internal strip bar owners Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald, who was charged with the President’s murder. He is seen in the credentials of the iconic picture of Oswald’s slaying.
“I may have shouted the last difference he was ever to hear,” Carroll wrote in 2013. “How about it, Lee?”
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A follower that Oswald acted alone, Carroll wrote books about Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963, assassination and the 1979-80 Iran warrant situation.
In 2015, he wrote a piece for the Daily News about being in Selma, Ala., to cover the Rev. Martin Luther King’s criticism marches. The timing was tied to the recover of a film on the subject.
Carroll also taught broadcasting at Quinnipiac, Columbia University, New York University and Montclair State University.
“Mickey Carroll was a contributor in the excellent tradition of American journalism, a dedicated teacher and a associating commentator on the American domestic scene,” pronounced Quinnipiac University President John Lahey. “He prepared thousands in the classroom and millions by his stating and his work with the poll.”
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Carroll, the son of Maurice Carroll, a businessman, and Dorothy Carroll, a bookkeeper, was lifted in Rutherford, N.J. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and served in the Army.
Carroll was predeceased by his second wife of 30 years, Beth Fallon, a journal columnist, in 2007, and a son, Patrick, who died in 2005. He is survived by his first wife, Peggy, with whom he remained close; his son; two daughters; 10 grandchildren, and a sister.
A commemorative Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 in St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Morristown, N.J.
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