Chirala Rama Rao (90), a former journalist with The Hindu, passed away at his residence at Maddilapalem here in the early hours of Monday.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters. He worked in M & S.M. Railway at Guntakal between 1945 and 1951, was Commercial Inspector in the Chirala Municipal High School from 1953 to 1955 and took up other assignments before becoming a part-time correspondent of The Hindu and the Andhra Patrika from 1970-74.

He became a Staff Reporter of The Hindu and served in Visakhapatnam from 1975 to 1988. Later, he served as a part-time correspondent of the paper at Chirala from 1988 to 2006.

Mr. Rao had also served as the Municipal Councillor of Chirala from 1959 to 1964, and was honorary Vice-Presiding Bench Magistrate, Chirala, from 1969 to 1973. The AP Working Journalists’ Federation condoled his death.