LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- Author and retired journalism professor Ronald Clair Roat has died at his Ludington home in western Michigan. He was 67.
The Ludington Daily News (http://bit.ly/1jlYZMj ) reports that Roat died Thanksgiving Day of natural causes.
His mystery novels include "Close Softly the Doors" and "A Still and Icy Silence."
Roat told the newspaper in 2008 that he liked to read books that taught him something, made him think and swept "the mental cobwebs away."
He taught at the University of Southern Indiana, retiring in 2007. He worked at the Lansing State Journal and Dayton Daily News.
The Ludington High graduate earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's from Oregon State University.
Roat is survived by his mother, a daughter and two grandchildren.