BWI Loses Attaway and Leigh in May

Two widely-known and respected BWI members passed away in early May.

Roy Attaway, who edited several boating magazines during his career and was also known for his strong writing and memorable photos, died suddenly on May 9 of a stroke. Scott Leigh, publisher of the West Coast boating magazine Dockside, passed away May 1 at his home in Gig Harbor, WA.

Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in South Carolina before moving to New York City where he was editor-in-chief of Boating and Yachting magazines and executive editor of Motorboating & Sailing, and a producer, writer and director for ABC Television’s The American Sportsman.

He contributed articles to many national journals and penned a memoir of his childhood in the South Carolina Low Country titled, “A Home in the Tall Marsh Grass.” In 2001, he and his wife, Robyn, moved to Kansas City, where he continued to write articles and a monthly website of travel essays and photographs.

He was an avid fisherman, a boater, an explorer of out-of-the-way places and a relentless Tar Heel fan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by former wife, Jane Conklin, and children from that marriage. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sports Communication Program, UNC School of Journalism, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Leigh was raised in North Dakota and a star hockey player at the University of North Dakota. He had many interests including skiing, cooking, gardening and golf. Since the early 90′s, his focus turned to boating and Dockside. It started out as a 32 page newsprint throwaway magazine called Boating Digest, published in a corner of a warehouse in Costa Mesa, CA, and grew into a well-respected full color magazine, covering the entire West Coast.

He was always the engine behind the magazine, a visionary and a dreamer, according to colleagues. His passion for his creation continued through good times and bad. There were times when he almost singlehandedly managed to get the magazine to print, but enjoyed being in the field to promote it, the thing he did best. He had dreams of expanding into Florida. Leigh is survived by two daughters and life partner, Linda Petersen of Gig Harbor.

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