Gail Woolley Dies, Helped Finance Newhouse Students

Gail Campbell Woolley, a reporter for the old Washington Star, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Times before joining the public relations department of the ExxonMobil Corp., died March 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, her husband, Howard Woolley, told Journal-isms on Friday.

She suffered from sickle cell anemia, Woolley said. She was 58.

The couple donated $50,000 to endow a scholarship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where they met, Woolley, a Verizon executive, said. They also sponsored an eye clinic at Johns Hopkins for research on the link between sickle cell anemia and eye problems. In addition, Newhouse hosts the Howard and Gail Campbell Woolley Broadcast Journalism Lab.

"I knew Gail both as a colleague when we worked together at the Baltimore Sun and later as the dean of her alma mater," Lorraine Branham, dean of the Newhouse school, messaged Journal-isms on Friday. "It was great to reconnect with her when I became dean. She was outspoken, compassionate and dedicated to the cause of helping the next generation of African American journalists." Branham added, "Anyone who knows Gail will tell you that she did not tolerate fools."

A wake took place in Washington on Friday, with a memorial service to follow in April.

"Gail loved doing exciting things like shark feeding in Tahiti, safaris in South Africa, or cruising on the Nile, . . ." according to the program for the wake.

"Gail was always courageous and optimistic while juggling a career, family, travel, and managing her Sickle Cell disease. After her 2012 diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension, Gail took up scuba diving so she could continue her aquatic activities while receiving oxygen support. Howard stood by her every step of the way. At the time of her death, Gail had written 450 pages of her autobiography describing her lifetime of achievement and adventure while battling the effects of Sickle Cell disease."

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Former Detroit News sports columnist Bryan Burwell dies

St. Louis — Bryan Burwell, a longtime sports columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died Thursday after a short battle with cancer. He was 59. Burwell previously was a columnist for The Detroit News.

The Post-Dispatch made the announcement on its website,

"I worked with Bryan at three different newspapers," Detroit News sports editor Phil Laciura said Thursday. "He was a true professional and always upbeat. He was also a trailblazer for many African-American journalists."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports editor Roger Hensley said in a statement that Burwell was one of the most well-respected journalists in his field. The Associated Press Sports Editors named Burwell one of the top 10 sports columnists in the country in 2007.

Burwell joined the Post-Dispatch in 2002 after working as a correspondent for HBO's "Inside the NFL." During a long career, Burwell also wrote columns for USA Today, wrote for the Washington Star and worked in New York at the Daily News and Newsday.

In recent seasons, Burwell had begun working in sports video.

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Conservation pioneer John Kauffmann dies at 91

Longtime Somesville resident John Kauffman, who was one of the country’s conservation pioneers, died peacefully at his home in Yarmouth on Nov. 16. He was 91.

Kauffman was born in Champaign IL, but grew up in Washington D.C., and Stark, NH.

After a career in the diplomatic service he worked as a reporter at the Washington Star newspaper where his family was part owner. He later worked as a National Park Service planner assisting in the establishment of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

In 1972 he was assigned to Alaska and helped study which areas of that state would become national parks, monuments and preserves. His efforts helped preserve more than 100 million acres.

In his book “Coming into the Country,” author John McPhee, who credits Kauffmann with inspiring many of his works, recounts accompanying Kauffmann on one of his field explorations in Alaska. McPhee writes, obviously tongue in cheek that any bear that would bite Kauffmann, would be “most unlikely to complete the meal.”

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Kelly Leiter, former UT dean of communications, dies

Barnard Kelly Leiter, former dean of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee and a one-time reporter for the Chicago Daily News, among other publications, remained a journalist even after his death last week at age 89.

It turns out, Mr. Leiter had carefully crafted his own four-page typed obituary and sent it to his friend and lawyer, Rick Hollow, in 2009.

“The four pages relating to my unimpressive trek through life may seem a bit overindulgent. (Like who really cares.),” Mr. Leiter wrote in an accompanying letter, which Hollow was instructed to open only after its author’s death. “But I’m including it so that if anyone should ask you, you will have it on hand.”

His close friend and fellow former UT dean, Dwight Teeter, upon learning about the self-penned obituary, laughed.

“He was a journalist to the core, and you might as well get it right,” Teeter said.

Mr. Leiter, who had never married, was found dead Saturday by another close friend, Teeter said. He was discovered in bed “as if he was reading,” Teeter said.

Mr. Leiter was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Indiana University and twice served in the Navy, first as an enlisted 17-year-old seaman during World War II and again as a reservist during the Korean War.

After completing his second tour of service in the Pacific, he began his newspaper career in Rockford, Ill. Mr. Leiter went on to a 15-year career as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and editor at the Indianapolis News, the Chicago Daily News, the Washington Star and the Hialeah (Fla.) Home News. He also served as a Midwest correspondent for Life magazine.

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Thomas J. Burke, Sr., 89, Star Reporter, Editor Arlington Daily

Thomas J. Burke, Sr., 89 of Hollywood, MD, passed away November 10, 2014 surrounded by loving family at his home. He was born in Bronx, NY, on January 29, 1925 to William P. Burke and Eleanor White Burke.

Leaving high school early, Tom proudly served in the United States Army during World War II in the Bomb Disposal Unit. After the war, Tom earned his Bachelors Degree from George Washington University and began his career in the field of Public Relations. He was a reporter for The Washington Star, Editor of the Arlington Daily, Director of Public Affairs for the Maryland-National Park & Planning Commission, Director of Public Relations for American National Bank and then became a Partner with Hoffman Associates Public Relations Firm. Tom finally settled at Holy Cross Hospital as the Director of Public Relations in Silver Spring, MD, where he ultimately retired in 1985, after 15 years of service.

Upon retirement, Tom moved to St. Mary’s County with his wife Sally permanently. In St. Mary’s County, he continued in the public relations field and in community service as a volunteer and active member with the Rotary Club, St Mary’s Historical Society, St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, Optimists Club, the Barbershop Quartet, and presided over the annual Oyster Festival for several years. Tom was well-known for his love of family and country, eloquence as an orator, and the stories he shared. His generous nature, smile and voice and solid presence will be dearly missed by so many.

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Edward Nicholas Duplinsky, Personnel Director at The Washington Star, November 4, 2014

Of Kensington, Maryland passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at Suburban Hospital, at the age of 89.

Born in Connecticut, Ed served in World War II and received his B.A & Psychology at George Washington University. His business career included serving as Personnel Director at The Washington Star, Personnel Director at Omni Construction, Inc., Vice President at Drake, Beam, Morin and President of the Washington Board of Trade.


Bill McIlwain, longtime newspaper editor and local resident, dies at 88

Bill McIlwain, a longtime Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach resident who went on to edit some of America's greatest newspapers, died Friday in Winston-Salem. He was 88.

In the 1960s, McIlwain was founding editor of the New York City edition of Newsday. He also edited The Toronto Star, Bergen Record, Boston Herald-American, Washington-Star, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune.

In the 1960s, McIlwain and other Newsday staffers collaborated on "Naked Came the Stranger," a spoof of sex-soaked novels of the period such as "Valley of the Dolls." Published in 1969 under the pen name "Penelope Ashe," The hoax-novel spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

In later years, McIlwain acted as a mentor and coach to a number of young reporters, "He was quick with the sincere compliment, singling out people for their good work and praising them in public," said StarNews public safety editor Jim Ware.

William Franklin McIlwain Jr. was born Dec. 15, 1925, on a farm near Lancaster, S.C., the son of William F. McIlwain and Docia Higgins McIlwain. The family relocated to Wilmington when McIlwain was in the sixth grade, and he later said he always considered himself a Wilmington resident.

Elwyn Leland "Lee" Flor, 83, Monday, July 28, 2014

Elwyn Leland "Lee" Flor, 83, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Lee was born Feb. 6, 1931, at Akron, Ohio, son of Dewey M. Flor and Gladys Underwood Flor. He and Joan Schubert were married Jan. 30, 1960.

Lee served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a combat crew member. He was an airborne radio operator with the 61st Squadron of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing. He was awarded the Air Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, Air Crew Member Wings and the Korean Service Medal. After his service he graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis.

Lee was a reporter for the Indianapolis Times and the Washington, D.C. Evening Star. In 1976, he and his family moved to Marble Hill, Missouri, becoming owners and editors of the Banner Press newspaper there. In 1994 that newspaper was sold to Gary Rust Communications. After retirement, Lee volunteered at the Missouri Veterans Home. He retained his interest in local and national affairs and his love of history. He was a member of the Civil War Roundtable, an avid reader and enjoyed his pets.

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Diana McLellan, who dished Washington gossip with verve, dies at 76

Diana Blanche Dicken was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Leicester, England. Her father was a British military officer who became a defense attache in Washington in 1957, and she accompanied him to the city.

Her first marriage, to Robin Bull, ended in divorce. In 1963, she wed Richard X. McLellan Jr. Besides her husband, of Easton, Md., survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Fiona Weeks of Easton, Md.; a sister; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McLellan died at her daughter’s home of cancer, said her daughter.

In her post-column years, Mrs. McLellan wrote for magazines such as Washingtonian and Ladies’ Home Journal. Her books included “Ear on Washington” (1982), “The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood” (2000), which explored the lesbian scene in the film capital during the 1930s and ’40s, and “Making Hay” (2012), a poetry collection.

Mrs. McLellan once offered advice for those hoping to stay out of the news: Do whatever you want in August.

“August is when congressmen go away and drop one wife and marry another, when people build additions to their houses that other people don’t want built, when shops in Georgetown turn into porno shops,” she once told the reference guide Contemporary Authors.

“It is sort of the Mardi Gras of Washington,” she added, “when everybody gets away with everything. The Senate is out, the House is out, the Supreme Court is out, and the White House people are usually away. So the gossip columnists go away too.”

Diana McLellan,who died June 25 at 76, was a self-described “jolly pariah” whose Washington gossip column the Ear became a puckish, first-read chronicle of social news and intrigue in the 1970s and 1980s.

She mock-lamented the foibles of public officials (“Where are standards?”). She detailed who was going “wok shopping” (getting married) or “expecting more than the mailman” (pregnant).

She coyly alluded to extramarital dalliances sometimes under the very nose (or coats) of chic partygoers. “It is very poor form in Washington,” she wrote, “to use your host’s bed for any purpose other than storing outer clothing.”

Washington — the city where hostess Alice Roosevelt Longworth popularized the quip, “If you haven’t anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me” — has long been a free-trade zone of rumor. In the 1960s, The Washington Post’s Maxine Cheshire brought an investigative zeal to the gossip trade, while the Washington Star’s genteel Betty Beale scouted human-interest items in the lives of the black tie and champagne set.

Into this mix came the British-born McLellan, who wrote gossip in the 1970s and 1980s, first for the Star, then for The Post (where she narrowly avoided libel action from President Jimmy Carter) and finally at the Washington Times.

Chuck Conconi, a former editor at Washingtonian magazine who for seven years wrote a gossip and celebrity column in The Post, described Mrs. McLellan as “the best of any of us. She wrote a smart, sassy little column that had this effervescence of British humor.”

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Newspaper editor C. David Burgin dies at 75

C. David Burgin, a longtime editor who gained a reputation as a troubleshooter for fading newspapers, died Monday at his home in Houston after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

Burgin died of the effects of four serious strokes he had suffered since 1997, said his wife, Judy Burgin.

Burgin had served as editor-in-chief of seven U.S. daily newspapers, starting with New Jersey’s Paterson News in 1977.

His first top management jobs came at The Washington Star, where he rose through the ranks of sports editor and city editor to assistant managing editor and hired such young talent as future New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and sportswriter Ira Berkow. He talked two Washington bartenders, future Boston Globe business writer Chris Reidy and future Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Daley, into trying newspaper work.

After getting his first assignment of running a newspaper in 1977, as editor-in-chief of the Paterson News in New Jersey, The Tribune Co. hired him a year later to merge two of its San Francisco Bay area dailies into the Peninsula Times Tribune, then later sent him to improve and expand the Orlando Sentinel.

In 1985, Hearst Newspapers hired Burgin to revive the fading fortunes of its flagship San Francisco Examiner. In a 1996 profile published in the alternative publication SF Weekly, Burgin said he was fired seven months later after spurning an invitation to meet with the Hearst Corp. board.

After doing consulting work for a year, Burgin took the offer of former Washington Star colleague William Dean Singleton to be editor-in-chief of the Dallas Times Herald, which Singleton had just bought from the Times Mirror Corp. From 1986 to 1990, Burgin worked to try to save two Singleton dailies from extinction, running the Dallas daily for two years before the owner of its crosstown rival, The Dallas Morning News, bought and folded it.

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C. David Burgin, a newspaper legend who served stints as editor of three Bay Area newspapers, died Monday at his home in Houston from the effects of a series of strokes. He was 75.

Mr. Burgin worked his way up from part-time reporter to editor at posts all over the country. He served as editor in chief of seven different American papers, possibly a record. Among the papers he ran were the San Francisco Examiner, where he served as editor in chief twice, the Peninsula Times Tribune and the Alameda Newspaper Group, which published six Bay Area papers, including the Oakland Tribune.

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Dale Austin, longtime Sun and Washington Star racing reporter, dies

Dale Austin, a retired Baltimore Sun reporter whose coverage of Maryland horse racing spanned a half-century and took him on assignments as far away as England, died in his sleep Friday at his Bayside Beach home. He was 81.

Born on St. Patrick's Day in Poteau, Okla., Mr. Austin was the son of Jefferson Davis and Eula Grace Austin. He graduated in the late 1940s from Bokoshe High School.

While a senior engineering student at Oklahoma State University, Mr. Austin was drafted by the Army and served two years at Fort Myer in Northern Virginia. He then took an opening for a part-time sports writer at The Washington Post in 1959.

He wrote for the Washington Star and the Air Force Times before joining The Evening Sun in January 1962. Mr. Austin's career highlights included covering the Grand National in England.

Mr. Austin, who retired from the newspaper in December 1990, served as president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters and of the Maryland Racing Media Association. In his retirement, the award-winning journalist wrote for The Capital in Annapolis.

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John R. Oravec, veteran of the Washington Star and AFL-CIO News and NPC member, March 18, 2014

John R. Oravec, a veteran of the Washington Star and AFL-CIO News and a Silver Owl member of the National Press Club, died Tuesday morning, March 18. He was 83 and lived in Rockville, Md.

Often called "Teal" by friends and family, he joined the NPC in 1985 and loved to discuss politics and current events with colleagues at the Club, especially on Friday nights. And he enjoyed telling colorful stories, including about his Catholic upbringing and days as a mischievous altar boy.

Oravec served as an Air Force photographer during the Korean War and subsequently had what he described as "not a bad job" with photographic assignments in much of Europe and North Africa. He was a member of NPC American Legion Post 20 and remained an enthusiastic traveler and photographer.

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Oravec earned a journalism degree from Ohio State University. He worked at the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle and Cleveland Plain Dealer before becoming photo editor at the Washington Star. He finished his career as news editor for the AFL-CIO News.

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Dick Heller, Times Columnist Dead at 76, Launched ‘The Sports Junkies’ Careers Jan. 10, 1938 - March 20, 2014

Washington, D.C. sports media has lost one of its own: Dick Heller.
The renowned Washington Times columnist, reporter and copy editor passed away from complications from lung cancer at the age of 76 on Thursday.
Heller, a D.C. native, was regarded as a mentor to many within the industry who would go on to flourish within the sports landscape, in and around the beltway, and beyond.
“He really was kind of this avuncular Walter Cronkite figure in a way,” said once understudy and Times colleague of 23 years David Elfin, of Heller, a revered figure in D.C. media.
Elfin, who first kept quarters with his parents after returning home to join Heller in writing at The Times, recalled, vividly and fondly, the late night phone calls he’d receive in those early years.
“The phone would ring and my mom would answer, and she would say it was ‘timely old Dick Heller,’” he said. “She thought he was like 70 … he was 45-years-old.”
Another Times colleague, Rick Snider, reminisced of Heller as “a real newspaper man” who placed specific focus on each word he wrote, and every last word he edited.
“It took a lot of yelling as an old-school journalist, but he finally taught me to write a decent story,” Snider said. “I owe everything I have to Dick teaching me the business and I will miss my mentor greatly.”
Heller was not only instrumental to the careers of his own colleagues; he was responsible for the success of others, outside the margins of The Times as well.
Of those remembering and thanking Heller, are four radio hosts – Eric Bickel, John-Paul Flaim, Jason Bishop and John Auville — of the D.C.-based show, “The Sports Junkies (or The Junkies, as they’re referred to colloquially),” who credit Heller with discovering them, going on 18 years ago, and singlehandedly launching their media careers.

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Robert 'Jake' Jacobs, retired newspaperman, March 1, 2014

Robert "Jake" P. Jacobs, 93, of Lewes, formerly of Bethesda, Md,, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. He was born Feb. 12, 1921, son of the late Chester and Anna Jacobs.

As a young man he was a newspaper carrier which fueled his fascination for news media. Mr. Jacobs served his country honorably and proudly with the U.S. Army during World War II, primarily in Europe. After serving his country, Mr. Jacobs attended George Washington University before embarking on a newspaper career.

He had a lifelong career with the Washington Star newspaper in their advertising department. Mr. Jacobs retired in 1981 and began enjoying the little things in life, such as a great round of golf with an old friend, but especially fishing on the Potomac. He loved telling stories about his great fishing day, but seemed to never have a fish to bring home!

Mr. Jacobs truly was a jokester and could tell a story like no other could. He loved American history and considered himself an American history buff. He loved learning throughout his entire life and sharing his knowledge with others.


Martha Livdahl Grigg, Prize-Winning Writer/Editor, February 22, 2014

One of God's most generous creatures died in her sleep at home in Chevy Chase Saturday Feb. 22. A prize-winning writer and editor, Martha had been in and out of hospital and rehab since Christmas for fluid buildup related to a uterine cancer diagnosed seven years ago.

Never happier than when giving a party, she also for 25 years organized a "Phantom Dinner" which people subscribed to knowing there would be no real event. The "dinners" raised about a million dollars for the House of Mercy, a Washington charity est. 1882 to help unwed mothers but which by the 70's, as needs changed, supported the Rosemount model preschool program for inner city kids. In 1991, when the "Phantom of the Opera" came to town, Martha sold out a night's performance for the charity and organized a real dinner preceding the show.

She was the director of GEICO's employee communications -- editing a prize-winning magazine and many pamphlets. She wrote "Breast Cancer and You" and a Gothic mystery, "The Bethnal Inheritance," articles for the Post and Star, and a best-selling government publication on the safety of breast implants. She was president of the Intl. Assoc. of Business Communicators/ DC Metro and of the House of Mercy.

M. Justin Baum, Sales Manager at the Washington Star, December 28, 2013

M. Justin Baum, who worked in advertising in the Washington area for more than four decades, died Dec. 28 at his home in Bethesda. He was 93.

The cause was complications from dementia and congestive heart failure, said his son, Bobby Baum.

Mr. Baum retired in the early 1990s after a decade as an advertising consultant. He had previously been a sales manager at the Washington Star newspaper and an advertising manager with Lansburgh’s department stores. He began his career working for advertising agencies including the Ernest S. Johnston Agency, where he was an account executive.

M. Justin Baum was born in the District, where he graduated from Western High School in 1937 and attended Wilson Teachers College. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University in 1955.

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Former TV sports award-winning columnist Bill Taaffe dies at 70

TAAFFE--William (Bill), Jr, passed at home in Henderson, NV on December 12. Born September 27, 1943 in Queens, NY. Survived by wife, Donna, son, Will, and sister, Joan Engel. Attended Oratory Prep and Seton Hall in New Jersey. Award-winning columnist, esp sports. Staff editor at New York Times sports desk more than seven years. Co-edited New York Times' anthology Sports of the Times. His pioneering TV sports column for Sports Illustrated won National Headliners Award for best national magazine column. Was also a columnist for The Washington Post, The Washington Star, and Las Vegas Review Journal. Co-authored Gimme a Break by sportscaster Warner Wolf, and Stripped with Pastor Jud Wilhite. Chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains.

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John Rosson, 28 Year Star Veteran Reporter and Editor, December 7, 2013

JOHN MacNAIR ROSSON (Age 86) Of Washington, DC, died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Hospice of the Chesapeake, in the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was born to the late Leon Glenmore and Dorothy MacNair Rosson on June 29, 1927, in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, Rosson served in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. Upon Honorable Discharge, he went on to attend the University of Maryland, serving as Managing Editor of the school's newspaper, the Diamondback, and graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1951.

After graduating from Maryland, Rosson worked for the Evening Capitol in Annapolis, MD, covering city and county government and the State House. In 1953 he moved to the Evening Star, later the Washington Star, where for the next 28 years he was a police reporter, nightly news reporter, education reporter covering the District Board of Education, editor of the Star's weekly Teen section, assistant picture editor and picture editor.

Jack Kelso, October 27, 2013, WBNG Front Page Award Winner

Jack Kelso, 81, of Greenacres, FL, formerly of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice oat his home on October 27, 2013. Born in Haverhill, MA, he graduated from Boston University and earned a Master's degree in Journalism. He was a reporter for a variety of papers including the Wooster Telegram and Gazette and the Newark Evening News. He was a staff writer for The Evening Star where he won a Front Page Award from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He was an associate editor For Changing Times the Kiplinger magazine. He also wrote articles in Better Homes and Gardens and outdoor magazines. He wrote a national financial newsletter for REC and radio scripts until he retired. He loved to play golf and earned a brown belt in Karate with Jhon Rhee.

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Claudia Clark Baskin - Award winning Journalist, October 14, 1927 - October 22, 2013

Claudia Clark Baskin, 86, of Leesburg, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Born in Dallas, Texas on October 14, 1927 to the late Claude C. Clark and the late Carolyn J. Griffin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Baskin.
She attended the University of Texas and worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. An award winning journalist for the Washington Evening Star, she was an editor for the Washington Times until her retirement. She also worked for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association and the Republican National Committee. She was an Oblate of St. Anselm's Abby for many years. In her retirement, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels.


Jack Germond, syndicated columnist and TV commentator, dead at 85

Jack W. Germond, a syndicated columnist and droll TV commentator who became an authority on national politics and championed “horse race journalism” that predicts election winners and losers, died Aug. 14 at his home in Charles Town, W.Va. He was 85.

The cause of death was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said Mr. Germond’s wife, Alice Travis Germond, a former secretary of the Democratic National Committee. She told friends in an e-mail that Mr. Germond had just completed writing his first novel, “A Small Story for Page 3,” about a reporter enmeshed in political intrigue.

As Washington bureau chief of one of the leading newspaper chains in the country, Gannett, and later as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun, he was a dominant figure in political journalism. He spent nearly 25 years sharing a byline in newspapers and books with journalist Jules Witcover.

Mr. Germond built a solid reputation for his aggressive pursuit of news, his skill as a storyteller, the high-level sources he cultivated in Washington and state capitals over 50 years and a vivid understanding of how the U.S. political system functioned for better and, often, for worse.

While reveling in the persona of an ink-stained wretch — down to the poker playing and whiskey drinking — Mr. Germond was among the first of his breed to make the transition to television. He cut an unlikely TV figure, with a pugnacious manner, bald head and generous stomach, but his knowledge was unquestioned.
The combination of his books, columns and appearances on such TV programs as “Today,” “Meet the Press” and “The McLaughlin Group” made him a top interpreter of American politics.

Lary Lewman, voice of The Star, voice-over artist for Democrats, dies at 76

Lary Lewman, who entertained Baltimore children as Pete the Pirate on an afternoon television program and who later became the preferred voice-over artist for thousands of Democratic political commercials, died July 11 at his home in the Howard County community of Clarksville. He was 76.

He had Parkinson’s disease, said his son, Lance Lewman.

Early in his career, Mr. Lewman had ambitions of being a stage actor before turning to television. He donned a false beard and a black hat with a skull-and-crossbones emblem to create the role of Pete the Pirate for a kids’ show on Baltimore’s WBAL-TV (Channel 11) in the early 1960s.

He was the host of “Consumer Survival Kit,” a syndicated TV program produced by Maryland Public Television in the 1970s, but by 1976 Mr. Lewman began to focus almost exclusively on his career as a voice-over actor.

He was the announcer for hundreds of commercials and industrial films and narrated documentaries for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. But he found his steadiest work as the anonymous, if ubiquitous, voice speaking on TV commercials for every Democratic presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton.

Haynes Bonner Johnson (July 9, 1931 - May 24, 2013) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and TV analyst.

Haynes Bonner Johnson (July 9, 1931 - May 24, 2013) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and TV analyst. He reported on most of the major news stories of the latter half of the 20th century and was widely regarded as one of the nation's top political commentators.

He began his newspaper career in 1956 as a reporter for the Wilmington (Delaware) News-Journal. In 1957, Johnson joined the Washington Evening Star where he worked for 12 years, variously as a reporter, copy editor, night city editor and national reporter. He joined The Washington Post in 1969, serving first as a National correspondent, as a special assignment correspondent at home and abroad, then as the paper's Assistant Managing Editor and finally, as a national affairs columnist.

Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting in 1966 for his coverage of the civil rights crisis in Selma, Alabama. The award marked the first time in Pulitzer Prize history that a father and son both received awards for reporting; his father, Malcolm Johnson, won in 1949 for the New York Sun series, "Crime on the Waterfront," which was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film, On the Waterfront.

He was the author or editor of sixteen books, five of them best-sellers, including his most recent work, co-authored with Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz, The Battle for America: 2008.

Johnson was born in New York City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1952 and his Master's in American History from the University of Wisconsin in 1956. Johnson served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in artillery during the Korean War. He has held academic appointments at Duke, Princeton, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University and served as the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Maryland from 1998 until his death in 2013.


L. Edgar Prina, Prize-winning Journalist, Age 95

On May 14, 2013, in Washington, Ed Prina was a prize-winning journalist, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and Korean War (retired as captain in USNR), and held two Syracuse University degrees. Ed was a retired Washington Bureau Chief in Military Correspondent from Copley News Service. He had been a member of the National Press Club for 58 years. He covered every Secretary of Defense from Forest to Weinberger.

Robert W. Adams, Shoppers Guide owner Thursday, April 30, 2013

Robert W. Adams, 81, a former delivery truck driver for the old Washington Star newspaper who later owned and operated the Prince George’s Shoppers Guide tabloid, died of pneumonia April 30 at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

His daughter, Karen Orofino, confirmed his death.

Robert Wayne Adams was born in Lafayette, Ala. He moved to the Washington area in 1940 and graduated in 1950 from Hyattsville High School.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. For many years, before the newspaper closed in 1981, Mr. Adams was a delivery truck driver for the Washington Star. He then started the Shoppers Guide, which he operated for 30 years.

Six months ago, he moved from Hyattsville to West Palm Beach.

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Lowell Mellett - Inducted to The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame April 27, 2013

Lowell Mellett
Mellett ended his journalism career as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Star, ending his "On the Other Hand" column in 1956 because of ill health; Mellett died on April 6, 1960. Upon Mellett's death J. Russell Wiggins, executive editor of the Washington Post, called him "one of the greatest newspapermen of the country and of Washington. He was a gifted writer and a brilliant editor whose work will long be remembered in his profession."

The late Lowell Mellett, an Elwood native who was a newspaper executive in Washington before becoming a top aide to President Franklin Roosevelt. Mellett’s journalism career started at age 16 when the The Muncie Star sent him to cover the 1900 Democratic National Convention. He worked at several newspapers around the country and overseas during World War I before becoming editor of Collier’s Weekly and, later, editor of the Washington Daily News in the 1930s. He held several posts in the Roosevelt administration before leaving government in 1944 to start writing what became a nationally syndicated newspaper column that continued until his retirement in 1956. He died in 1960.

Gus Constantine, Foreign Desk Editor - January 29, 2013

Veteran Journalist of The Washington Star. Gus Constantine joined The Washington Times from at or near its beginning and spent more than 20 years there, specializing in coverage of Africa and the Far East. Retired in 2007. At the Times he was known among his colleagues for his encyclopedic knowledge of world history and his devotion to his work and his family.

 Birth: Jan. 24, 1929, New York, USA Death: Jan. 29, 2013, Fairfax County Virginia, USA

Former Times’ foreign desk editor Gus Constantine dies 

Gus Constantine, a longtime editor in The Washington Times newsroom whose passion for knowledge was matched only by his love for family, died Jan. 29. He was 84.
Originally a history major, Mr. Constantine joined The Times when it opened in 1982, and worked as an editor on the foreign desk until 2008. In his nearly three decades at the paper, he came to be known as a dedicated and tenacious editor with an encyclopedic knowledge of history and the world.

Mike Auldridge, Graphic Arts & World-renowned Dobro artist, December 29, 2012

2012 award of the National
 Endowment for the Art’s
highest honor, the
National Heritage Fellowship
Mike Auldridge (December 30, 1938 – December 29, 2012) was widely acknowledged as a premier resophonic guitar (the instrument formerly referred to as a Dobro) player. He played with The Seldom Scene for many years, creating a fusion of bluegrass with jazz, folk and rock.
Born in Washington, D.C.,Auldridge started playing guitar at the age of 13. His main influence through his early years was Josh Graves who also sold him his first Dobro. A 1967 graduate of The University of Maryland, Auldridge worked as a graphic artist for a commercial art firm in Bethesda, Maryland and then for the now defunct Washington Star-News. He did not start playing music full-time until the Washington Star-News folded in 1976.
Auldridge last played with Darren Beachley and The Legends of the Potomac bluegrass band. Past bands include Emerson and Waldron, Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, Seldom Scene (of which he was a founding member), Chesapeake, The Good Deale Bluegrass Band, and John Starling and Carolina Star (which featured three original members of The Seldom Scene). Mike was also a member of the touring bands of Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris.
Auldridge worked with Paul Beard (Beard Guitars) to produce the Beard Mike Auldridge Models of square-neck resophonic guitars, including an 8-string version. Just one day prior to his 74th birthday, he died on December 29, 2012 in hospice care in Silver Spring, Maryland after a lengthy battle with cancer. 


Mike Auldridge, founding member of D.C.’s Seldom Scene bluegrass group, dies at 73

Mike Auldridge, a bluegrass musician whose broad knowledge of many musical forms helped redefine and modernize the steel guitar known as the Dobro, died Dec. 29 at his home in Silver Spring. He died a day before his 74th birthday.

Larry L. King, playwright of ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,’ dies at 83

Washington Star Writer-in-Residence
Before he became known the world over as a playwright, Larry L. King was a reporter, a Capitol Hill aide, a raconteur, a brawler and a full-time Texan. He helped define the freewheeling New Journalism of the 1960s and 1970s, partly with an article he wrote for Playboy magazine in 1974 about the Chicken Ranch, a house of ill repute in southeast Texas.
 A few years later, Mr. King and several collaborators refashioned his article into a musical comedy about a brothel that operated for years under the averted gaze of the law. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” ran on Broadway for almost four years and has been in almost continuous production since. In 1982, it was made into a Burt Reynolds-Dolly Parton movie — which Mr. King loathed.
 Mr. King, who had lived in Washington since the 1950s, died Dec. 20 at Chevy Chase House, a retirement facility in the District.
He was 83. He had emphysema, his wife, Barbara Blaine, said.
 He was the author of seven plays and more than a dozen books, including memoirs, a novel and collections of articles and letters. In 1982, he won an Emmy Award as the writer and narrator of a CBS documentary, “The Best Little Statehouse in Texas,” that looked at the legislature’s behind-the-scenes horse-trading.
 Mr. King also was known for his outsized personality, full-bore drinking and an ability to tell outrageously droll stories in a profanity-laced drawl that was almost indistinguishable from his writing voice. “His certain knowledge of his origins informs his point of view and his prose style,” New York Times book critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in a review of Mr. King’s 1971 memoir, “Confessions of a White Racist.” “And this confidence in his roots is what makes Mr. King’s writing so alive, dramatic, warm, and funny.”

Joe L. Allbritton, communications giant who led Riggs Bank into disrepute, dies at 87

Joe L. Allbritton, a self-made millionaire who built a Washington communications empire and led the once venerable Riggs National Bank as it became embroiled in a massive money-laundering scheme involving Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, died Dec. 12 at a hospital in Houston. He was 87.
He died of heart ailments, said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., president of Allbritton Communications and president and chief executive of Politico.
The son of a Houston sandwich-shop owner, the hard-charging Mr. Allbritton dealt in real estate, banks and mortuaries until he was drawn to the District by a new challenge: reviving an ailing afternoon newspaper in the nation’s power center.
Mr. Allbritton bought the Washington Star in 1974. He won entry into the District’s elite political circles not only as a media magnate but also because of friendships with other Texans who had made their fortunes in the capital city, including lobbyist Jack Valenti and Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworksi.
Federal regulations over media ownership forced him to sell the Star just four years after he bought it. But he retained valuable broadcast properties, including the ABC affiliate that soon took his initials (WJLA, Channel 7), and forged ahead with other enterprises including NewsChannel 8, one of the country’s first 24-hour news channels.

Paul B. Moore, Evening Sun reporter; 84

Paul B. Moore, a former Evening Sun reporter and editor who later became a public relations executive, died Nov. 27 from complications of prostate cancer at his Homeland residence. He was 84.
"Paul was a very conscientious reporter and a very conscientious person. He was very talented and what he did, he did well," said Helen Delich Bentley, a former newsroom colleague who later became a congresswoman and federal maritime commissioner.
"As a reporter, he was always fair, and wherever he went always looked for something interesting and challenging," said Mrs. Bentley. "He was never rude and was a genuinely decent person."
"Paul was frequently in all the chaos and breaking news that descended on The Evening Sun. He was Mr. Calm. He was the guy everyone turned to. He was the voice of order and calm," said David Culhane, who later joined CBS News in New York City. "Paul was always the safe and steady hand when we were in the middle of trouble spots."
The son of a real estate broker and a homemaker, Paul Benedict Moore was born in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., and graduated in 1946 from Baldwin High School in Baldwin, N.Y.
Mr. Moore earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1950 from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.
In 1950, he began his newspaper career as a district circulation manager for Newsday Inc. in Garden City, N.Y., before enlisting in the Air Force that year.
From 1950 to 1954, Mr. Moore edited an Air Force weekly newspaper and after leaving the service joined the staff of The Frederick News, where he was a reporter for a year.
Mr. Moore began his career on The Evening Sun in 1955, working as a reporter, rewrite man and finally an assistant city editor.
A versatile writer, Mr. Moore covered such diverse stories as the annual Maryland State Fair in Timonium, the 1956 National Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, that featured a Baltimore challenger who eventually lost the race, and local and national politics.

Joseph B. Kelly, writer and authority on horse racing, dies at 94

Joseph B. Kelly, the longtime racing editor of the old Washington Star who was a thoroughbred historian and was known as the dean of Maryland turf writers, died Nov. 26 of cancer at a hospice in Timonium, Md. He was 94. The death was confirmed by his son, Baltimore Sun reporter Jacques Kelly. Mr. Kelly began his career in 1943 in the sports department of the Sun, where he covered general sports for three years before joining the racing beat. On Oct. 30, 1947, Mr. Kelly and his newsroom colleague, Jim McManus, later known as ABC sportscaster Jim McKay, made broadcasting history when they appeared on the first program televised by a Baltimore TV station. The reporters covered the fifth and sixth races from Pimlico Race Course for WMAR (Channel 2). “I wasn’t fazed at all or the least bit nervous because TV then didn’t have the impact that it does today,” said Mr. Kelly, who described the broadcast 50 years later in a 1997 interview with the Sun. He returned to the airwaves in 1948, when he was present at the first televised Preakness. Citation won the Preakness that year and remained Mr. Kelly’s all-time favorite horse. Mr. Kelly left the Sun in 1951 to work for a horse racing association. In 1955, he joined the Washington Star, where he wrote a column and was racing editor. When the paper folded in 1981, Mr. Kelly was media director at Laurel Park until 1984.

Tom Hoy, October 20, 2012

Tom joined the old Washington Star in 1953 at age 17. It was a 14-year career that saw him cover a lot of the nation's triumph and tragedy. He made a beautiful, poignant image of a shrouded Jacqueline Kennedy hugging her children at their father's gravesite – choosing to go tight rather than do what everyone else did – go wide to include the eternal flame marking the President's resting place.

 The now-famous shot
Photo: Tom Hoy

Wilmott "Bin" Lewis; Star Production and Business Manager - September 10, 2012

Willmott Harsant Lewis, Jr., aka Bin passed away peacefully Sept.10, 2012 at the Genesis Health Center in Lebanon, NH surrounded by loved ones.
Bin grew up in Washington, DC, graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1945 and attended Yale University. Bin then went to work for the Washington Evening Star for 25 years in many capacities including Production Manager and Business Manager. He was also a director and vice president of the Washington Star Communications. In 1980 he moved to the Upper Conn. River Valley to be publisher of the Valley News. He ran the Valley News until 1993 taking it from an evening paper to a morning paper and adding a Sunday edition. He is credited with taking both newspapers to the forefront of technology in the industry. He was one of the founders of the “PAGE”, Publishers Associated to Gain Economies that he co-founded to help the small newspapers.
Bin always felt it important to give back to the communities that he was involved in. In Washington he served on many boards including Suburban Hospital, National Capital Gun Club, and the American Newspaper Publishers Association. . He had a great presence in the Upper Valley including Rotary International, United Way President, Steering committee that started ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth), President Eastman Community Board, The Montshire Museum, and Lebanon College.

Raymond Franklin Fristoe, 100, of Luray, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Raymond Franklin Fristoe, 100, of Luray, died on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born on May 8, 1912, in Front Royal and was a son of the late Clarence Edwin Fristoe and Ester Maggie Triplett Fristoe.
Mr. Fristoe graduated from Massanutten Military Academy and served as a Merchant Marine during World War II. He retired in 1977 from the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., and worked as a proofreader for the Washington Star Newspaper . He was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church, Lafayette Lodge 137 A.F.&A.M. and the Luray American Legion, all of Luray, and was a former member of the Bentonville Baptist Church.
On March 21, 1981, he married Jean Housden Fristoe, who survives.
Published in Northern Virginia Daily on September 12, 2012

John F. Stacks, Writer and Editor, Dies at 70

John F. Stacks, a former reporter and senior editor at Time magazine and the author of a well-regarded biography of James B. Reston, the influential editor and columnist for The New York Times, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 70. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Benjamin said. In “Scotty: James B. Reston and the Rise and Fall of American Journalism,” an admiring but not uncritical biography published in 2003 to mostly positive reviews, Mr. Stacks traced the career of one of America’s most powerful Washington journalists while chronicling the passing of an era in which the press and politicians shared a more intimate relationship than they do today. To Mr. Stacks, Mr. Reston’s career — stretching from the 1930s into the early ’90s — was emblematic of how journalism changed over his own lifetime. “What I tried to do in this book was to show how fabulous his reporting was when he was in his heyday and how much the country benefited from that kind of information, that kind of subtlety,” Mr. Stacks said in a 2003 interview with the PBS program “NewsHour.” “And I think we’re missing that today.” Mr. Stacks wrote three other books, one as a ghostwriter for John J. Sirica, the federal judge who presided over the trial of the Watergate burglars. The book, “To Set the Record Straight,” a memoir published in 1979, was a best seller. Mr. Stacks was just a few years out of Yale when he joined Time in 1967. He was part of an ambitious generation of Ivy League-educated journalists who had entered the field expecting to wield influence with powerful figures and instead played a role in toppling them. Mr. Stacks was rising through Time’s ranks in 1973 when he was sent to Washington to help manage the magazine’s coverage of the widening Watergate scandal. He was later appointed Time’s chief of correspondents and held the posts of executive editor and deputy managing editor at the magazine. He interviewed a number of world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro. John Fultz Stacks was born on Feb. 3, 1942, in Lancaster, Pa., to Helena and Harry Stacks, the editor of The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale in 1964 and went to work for The Washington Star, a daily newspaper that closed in 1981. Mr. Stacks married Dora Jo Aungst in 1964. They had two sons. The older, John Jr., was killed in a car accident in 1988. The marriage ended in divorce in 1985, the same year Mr. Stacks married Carol Cox, a psychotherapist, who survives him. Attribution: By LESLIE KAUFMAN, NYTimes

Henry E. Nichols, Friday, July 20, 2012; Lawyer, Real Estate Columnist

Henry E. Nichols, a retired lawyer who had a private practice in Washington and specialized in real estate law, died July 20 at the Carriage Hill Bethesda assisted living facility. He was 88. He had complications from a fall, according to his wife, Mary Ann Nichols. Mr. Nichols moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s. He had a private real estate practice in Washington until the mid-1980s. He wrote a column on real estate that appeared in the old Washington Star newspaper. From the early 1970s until 1990, Mr. Nichols served as chairman of the board for the Hamilton Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was also an original member of the board of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Henry Eliot Nichols was born in New York City and was a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia law school. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. In his spare time, he judged weightlifting and physique competitions. His memberships included the Cosmos Club.

Lorraine Fricka, 30 years at the Star, May 5, 2012

Lorraine Ann Rich Fricka, formerly of Washington, DC, passed away peacefully at Taylor Melfa House, Denton, MD, where she resided for the past three years. Born in Bath, Maine, she was the only child of the late Fred P. and Laura A. Dalton Rich, and step-daughter to the late Edward J. Bernier. Much of Lorraine’s early years were spent in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she was raised by her maternal grandmother. She returned to the States to reside with her mother and step-father in Rockland, Maine, where she graduated from Rockland High School. Memories from high school, she always said, were her best and most favorite. The family moved to Brunswick, Maine, where Lorraine worked as a bookkeeper at Montgomery Ward’s. She also worked at the Bath Iron Works and attended nursing school at Deering Nursing School in Farmington, Maine. Lorraine proudly and honorably served her country in the United Sates Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate, Second Class, and was based in Bainbridge, MD and Camp Lejeune, NC. Lorraine moved to Washington, DC in the late 40’s and graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries. She also attended a modeling school. Lorraine began her career at the Evening Star, later renamed the Washington Star, in the advertising department in the early 50’s.

Leon “Lee” Cohn, news reporter and editor, dies at 82

Leon “Lee” Cohn passed away on March 19, 2012, at the Washington Home’s hospice from complications due to Lymphoma. His family, including his three children, was by his side. Lee’s passion for journalism became evident as early as grade school, when he and his friend produced a school newspaper, and never ebbed. He was a distinguished editor of his high school paper and of the Syracuse Daily Orange and upon college graduation became the one-man editorial staff for West Virginia’s weekly, the Clarksburg News. His career took root as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and for the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal and as editor of Reporting on Governments and associate editor of the Kiplinger Washington Letter, his last job, which he held for 12 years before retiring in 1992. By far his favorite job, though, was reporter and news analyst on the national staff of the Washington Star, where he covered the economy from 1957-1979.

William F. Peeler, June 19, 1917 - February 12, 2012

PEELER WILLIAM F. PEELER A mainstay in the newsroom of the old Washington Star, died February 12, 2012 peacefully at home after multiple long illnesses. Mr. Peeler served as sports editor of the Star from 1961 to 1971. He ended up as news editor, editing the front page and the A section for the paper's last five years. He worked almost 30 years for the Star. Mr. Peeler started his newspaper career in 1938 as a sportswriter for the Salisbury, NC, Post. He became Sports Editor the next year. He moved to the Greensboro Daily News as assistant sports editor in 1943 and six months later was named the telegraph editor. In 1945 he joined the Allentown (PA) Morning Call, where he spent four years as telegraph editor and three years as assistant city editor before moving to Washington. As Sports Editor he persuaded the management of the Star and Gen. Pete Quesada, then running the Senators, to sponsor a Knothole Club for youngsters. Some 53,000 membership applications were sent to the Star. The kids could attend games free on some Saturdays. After two seasons the program was dropped because too many parents dropped off youngsters and left, creating the possibility of liabilities.

Robert Striar, D.C. photojournalist, dies at 88

Robert Striar, 88, a Washington photojournalist who chronicled the city’s political, cultural and social history for decades, died Jan. 28 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He had complications from a broken hip. The death was confirmed by his daughter Diane Striar. Mr. Striar learned photography during Navy service in Europe during World War II before settling in the Washington area. In the late 1940s, he started City News Bureau, a photo-news syndicate that at one time had more than 100 newspaper clients. He ran the company until around 2000. His images were featured in newspapers, such as The Washington Post, and magazines, including Life. He worked closely with the late Betty Beale, who wrote a society column for the old Washington Star. He covered presidential inaugurations, funerals of statesmen, the 1963 March on Washington, embassy events and visiting dignitaries. In the 1960s, he and photographer Carlo A. Maggi published a monthly magazine, Washington Illustrated. Robert Striar, a District resident, was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in New York’s Bronx and Queens boroughs. He made ink drawings and developed an interest in wood-burning art. His work was exhibited at the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, among other local galleries. His wife, Marguerite Minsky, whom he married in 1950, died in 2008. Attribution: (Adam Bernstein) Published: February 9

JFK In The Crossfire Credit: Robert Striar

Phil A. Gentilcore; Mailroom Foreman January 23, 2012

Philip Anthony Gentilcore, born: April 1923, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2012. He had suffered from cancer for many years and was being treated; but finally succumbed due to pneumonia. Phil served in the Navy during WWII, after which he became employed in the Star mailroom. He eventually rose to Foreman and remained in that position until the Star closed in 1981. For the last few years of his career he moved to the Washington Post mailroom. During retirement he thoroughly enjoyed family activities.

Walter McMain Oates, news photographer, dies at 84

Walter McMain Oates, a Washington news photographer who covered nine presidential administrations, died Dec. 30, 2011. He was 84. Mr. Oates started his newspaper career as a copy boy with the Washington Star, and worked for The Washington Times until he retired in the early 1990s. As a member of the White House News Photographers Association, Mr. Oates had the privilege of working many black tie events at the White House and gaining access to to presidents. Mr. Oates, also known as Mac, joined the Navy as a young man, serving his country for two years at the end of World War II. Though he loved his career and often spoke of the memories, Mr. Oates was most proud of his two children.

Lance Gay; November 20, 2011, SHNS war and Washington correspondent, dead at 67

Lance Gay died last night - his health had been bad for a few weeks. He was taken to the hospital yesterday because he was having trouble breathing-his COPD had gotten worse. No word yet on services. I'm at work and don't have access to anyone else's email (I am guessing Joan's). If you do, can you forward the news. If not, I'll do it when I get home.No word yet on services. -Jody
This is merely a quick notice.  Details to follow when we know.

WASHINGTON - Lance Gay, who roamed Washington and the world as a senior correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service for more than two decades, died Sunday at his family's home in Brookville, Md., from respiratory failure. Gay, 67, had retired from Scripps Howard in 2006 but continued researching several historical writing projects in recent years.

Stroube J. Smith, 77, retired journalist, dies

Stroube J. Smith, a D.C. native whose long journalism career included service as an editor at U.S. News & World Report and a stint at The Washington Times, died on Oct. 30 in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 77.

Mr. Smith was born Aug. 21, 1934. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and earned an English degree in 1956 from the University of Alabama.

He began his career in 1953 at Alabama's Tuscaloosa News, then moved three years later to the Birmingham News, the state's largest daily paper. Mr. Smith traveled overseas in 1959 to work in Germany for Stars and Stripes, then to Paris to work for the New York Times.

He returned stateside in 1964 to work for the now-defunct Washington Star, then went on to work for 20 years at U.S. News, for which he was a senior editor and columnist on regulatory and federal court issues.

Mr. Smith worked on the copy desk of The Washington Times from the early 1980s through 2005. He retired from full-time journalism in 1992, marking a nearly 40-year career in the industry.

John Anthony Neary Jr., ex-LIFE Magazine reporter who later took up metalsmithing, dies at 74

TESUQUE, N.M. — A family member says John Anthony Neary Jr., a journalist who worked as a LIFE magazine reporter and editor and later took up metalsmithing, has died.

Ben Neary, an Associated Press reporter in Wyoming, said his father died Friday at the family home in Tesuque of complications from cancer. He was 74.

A native of suburban Baltimore, John Anthony Neary Jr., began his career at the Washington Star and joined LIFE magazine in 1961. He was known for writing the 1969 LIFE cover story, "The Magical McCartney Mystery," about the hoax that Beatle Paul McCartney had died.

Neary and his wife, Joan, moved to Tesuque in 1973.

His remains are scheduled to be donated to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Steve Daley, Chicago Tribune journalist at 62, October 2, 2011

Like the best reporters, Steve Daley could talk to anyone about anything, but unlike a lot of daily scribes, he could also write about anything.

In his 20-plus years as a journalist — including 15 at the Chicago Tribune — he covered sports, media and politics, even the occasional music review.

“Even when he started out in sports, he was a guy who always had a huge interest in everything,” said Mr. Daley’s friend, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. “He was just somebody whose mind was broad enough to understand that everything is everything else. The distinction between sports and politics really isn’t that big.”

Edna R. Patton; Evening Star Librarian, September 18, 2011

On Sunday, September 18, 2011, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of the late Donald Frazier Patton; loving mother of Donald "Wayne" Patton; sister of Mary Wells of Springfield, VA.

Ymelda Chavez Dixon; August 8, 2011 while with her daughter in Madrid, Spain at the age of 97.

Passed away August 8, 2011 while with her daughter in Madrid, Spain at the age of 97. Her wide circle of family and friends will miss her and treasure the memory of her indomitable personality, quick wit, devotion to country, and fierce love of literature. Ymelda was a long-time Washingtonian, coming as a girl to Washington from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was born, after her father, Dennis Chavez, was elected to the U.S. Congress from that state. He later was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until his death in 1962.

Earl H. Voss, journalist, government official; July 30, 2011

Earl H. Voss, 89, a journalist with the old Washington Star newspaper and a government public affairs officer, died July 30 at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield, where he had lived for the past seven years. He had Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.From 1951 until 1964, Mr. Voss wrote foreign news and served as the Star’s diplomatic correspondent.
He won a Washington Newspaper Guild’s “Front Page” award in 1954 for interpretive reporting on the Far East. He was the author of “Nuclear Ambush: The Test Ban Trap” (1963), a book that explored U.S.-Soviet negotiations on nuclear disarmament and resulting implications for national security.

Bonnie Aikman; feature writer and columnist, June 20, 2011

Bonnie E. Aikman, a feature writer and columnist in the Washington Evening Star's entertainment section, died June 20. She was 77.

Bonnie interviewed many Broadway and Hollywood stars for the newspaper, and innocently "fell in love with several," she often said. Through her column "DC Studios" she got to know such local radio and TV pioneers as "The Joy Boys" and "Cousin Cupcake."

After graduating from American University in 1955, she began her newspaper career as an assistant to famed theater critic Jay Carmody and pioneering TV critic Bernie Harrison.

Tom Breen; journalist, professor, June 22, 2011 at 65

Longtime journalist Tom Breen, who headed FLORIDA TODAYs Space Team coverage from 2000 to 2002, died suddenly at his home earlier this week, June 22, 2011, in Indian Harbour Beach, Fl, of cardiac arrest. He was 65, with a vigor and insatiable curiosity about life that led him back to school to pursue a late-in-life masters degree from Rollins College in Winter Park in 2005, and then a doctorate in liberal studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., which he still was pursuing. He completed "all but the dissertation," an academic saying that used to annoy him greatly. But for the past five years, he used his newfound academic credentials to teach as an adjunct professor of humanities at Brevard Community College on both the Palm Bay and Melbourne campuses. He also recently became a member of the Brevard County Historic Commission.

Philip Evans; November 21, 1933 - May 8, 2011, of cancer, at home in Silver Spring, Md.

Philip Evans, journalist who helped launch Washington Times, dies at 77

By Emma Brown, Published: May 12

Philip Evans, a journalist who served as managing editor of the Washington Star during the 1970s and later helped launch the Washington Times, died May 8 of cancer at his home in Silver Spring. He was 77.

Mr. Evans began a journalism career after working as an oilfield roughneck in Morocco and an Army paratrooper. He wrote for the Associated Press and then became a top editor at the Baltimore Evening Sun, Annapolis Capital and Philadelphia Bulletin.

Carter ('Dee') Dawson Gorski - March 7, 2011

Carter, aka “Dee,” was born February 26, 1925, and raised outside of Washington, D.C. She died March 7, 2011.

After graduating from Bethesda -Chevy Chase High School 1943, she joined the Washington Star Newspaper, as a copy girl. Over the next 30 years she was the dicationist who filed the story when the US dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Unfamiliar with the term “atom,” she simply wrote “Adam” bomb. She covered White House events and interviewed countless celebrities including Rosy Greer (his shoulders were so wide he had to go sideways through a door), Clark Gable, Tony Curtis (who answered the hotel door wrapped in a towel), became the “TEEN” Editor, under a pen name Fifi Gorska, for a section dedicated to 13-19-year olds, a novelty for the late 1950s and 60s.

David S. Broder dies; Pulitzer-winning Washington Post political columnist

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.

Mr. Broder was often called the dean of the Washington press corps - a nickname he earned in his late 30s in part for the clarity of his political analysis and the influence he wielded as a perceptive thinker on political trends in his books, articles and television appearances.

Malcolm Douglas Lamborne; Journalist, community activist - December 22, 2010

Malcolm Douglas Lamborne, 69, writer, editor, and teacher, died December 22, 2010 at his home in Warrenton, Virginia surrounded by his loved ones. The cause of death was lung cancer.
Douglas was born in Alexandria, Virginia, attended Gonzaga High School, and received a Masters Degree from American University in 1971. During his long career in journalism, Douglas worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, The Washington Star, and the Washington Times. He served as managing editor for Annapolitan Magazine, consulting editor for Inside Annapolis Magazine, and as a senior writer and editor for Catholic University. Douglas also taught at American University, Anne Arundel Community College and, more recently, Lord Fairfax Community College.

Naomi Bradford; age 93 - December 10, 2010

On Friday, December 10, 2010, Mrs. Naomi Bradford entered into eternal rest. Her husband, James J. Bradford predeceased her. Beloved mother of Patricia Long, Jacqueline Buggs, Roberto Anderson, James C., Franklin D. and Herbert L. Bradford.

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Burt Hoffman, Deputy Managing Editor; November 17, 2010

 Burton Hoffman, 81, a Washington journalist for two decades who became editor in chief of National Journal magazine in the mid-1970s and had a second career on Capitol Hill and abroad as a political and economic consultant, died of lung cancer Nov. 17 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

He owned a restaurant in the northern Thai city and had lived there intermittently for the past three years.
Mr. Hoffman moved to the Washington area in 1955 and was a reporter and editor with Congressional Quarterly before joining the Washington Star in 1958.

He spent 14 years at the newspaper, including stints on the city, national and foreign desks, and was promoted to assistant managing editor in 1968.