Eugene Varn Risher, age 83 of McLean, VA died Wednesday, August 30, 2017.


He was born in Bamberg, SC on December 19, 1933 to the late Col. James F. Risher and Emma Jane Varn Risher.


He graduated from Carlisle Military School and The Citadel. He did graduate work at the University of Edinburgh and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. He served in the US Army for two years before beginning his career as a journalist with the Charleston Evening Post. He later became affiliated with United Press International, serving as its Bureau Chief in Vietnam and as UPI White House Correspondent for many years.


A graveside service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Cross Hill Cemetery in Carthage, NC w here he will be interred beside his beloved wife of many years Mary Allen McDonald Risher.


Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the Risher family.


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Memories Timeline


  1. Herb and I met Gene and Mary Allen through my sister Georgianne O’Connor and her husband Ray. We were friends for many years. Gene drove me to Leesburg to pick out our two cats Omar and Oliver, so we made him their Godfather! Had many very nice times with

  2. I send my deepest condolences to you in the loss of Gene. He was a dear friend of mine for many years here at Crystal House. He and Mary Allen were close friends to my husband and me. He will be dearly missed. I loved his personality, his stories, and his

  3. It was a privilege to know Gene (and his excellent sense of humor and spunk). My family has been grateful to spend time with him, and we will miss him dearly. Sending his whole family our warmest thoughts and big hugs.


    Laurie and fami

  4. Classmate at Carlisle Military School, Class of 1950. Sorry to learn of

    of his death but glad to see he had many happy and productive years.

    ‘Huggins 81’ CMA 1950

  5. Gene and I knew each other briefly when we lived at the same apartment complex in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va. Gene was always gracious, a wonderful conversationalist, and an intelligent man with a sharp sense of humor. I wish that I could have

  6. I have known Gene for many years. He and I enjoyed lunch together many times and shared worthwhile conversations. He was among my favorite people. He will be missed.

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