Here I will attempt to add those who worked at The Star, made their mark on the paper, then moved on before passing. They should not be forgotten.
Donald Leroy Scott, Sr. September 29, 1941 - September 30, 2015
Donald Leroy Scott Sr., 74, of Dayton, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Hospice of Chattanooga.
Donald was a longtime resident of Dayton, and a member of the Teamsters Union #639. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and worked for The Washington Post and The Washington Star newspapers in Washington, D.C. for many years.
Linda Louise Kirby, Head of Market Research, Oct 31, 1940 - Aug 12, 2015
After graduating from college, Linda moved to Washington, D.C. where she was in a management training program at Woodward and Lothrop Department Store. It was here that she (an English major who had wanted to be a newspaper reporter) got experience in Corporate Research and Advanced Planning, which led to a job in newspaper research, which she loved. She went from Woodies in 1967, to The Washington Star Newspaper, which closed in 1981. From there she went to work for one year at The Newark Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, leaving a year later to work for 20 years at The New York Times in New York, NY. She was among the early women in the field of marketing research for a major newspaper and was active in the Newspaper Research Council.
While working in New York City, Linda moved two blocks from her sister, Ellen Kirby, Ellen’s husband Tim Smith and their son, Matthew Kirby-Smith, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She enjoyed living in Brooklyn and especially visiting Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn YWCA.
Both Linda and Ellen eventually retired and returned to Winston-Salem, where they live near each other and their brother, Brent and his wife, Barbara Kirby.
Joan Anderson - "I am sad to report that Linda Kirby, who was head of market research at The Star, passed away yesterday, August 12, after a brave battle with cancer. She was 74. You may remember her as a tall blonde with a charming North Carolina accent. We always called her "Kirby"; don't know why some people get known by their last names, more than their first. She was a lovely, artistic, interesting woman."
David Laventhol, Publisher on Both Coasts, Dies at 81
David A. Laventhol, a former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and Newsday who made a journalistically acclaimed but financially doomed attempt to break into the New York City newspaper market by starting New York Newsday in 1985, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 81.
The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, his son, Peter Laventhol, said.
In a 41-year career that took him from beat reporter at The St. Petersburg Times in Florida to assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and eventually to the top tiers of two more of the nation’s most respected newspapers, Mr. Laventhol brought to the daily editors’ conference a keen and unconventional sense of what could be a story.
Mr. Laventhol joined The Washington Post in 1966 as night managing editor. Two years later, the newspaper’s executive editor at the time, Ben Bradlee, asked him to restructure The Post’s For and About Women section, noted for its coverage of formal teas and its etiquette columns. With an emphasis on vibrant writing, the new section, Style, delved into the way ordinary people led their lives, particularly during their off hours.
Within a year of starting Style, Mr. Laventhol accepted an offer from Bill Moyers, who was then Newsday’s publisher, to become the Long Island daily’s associate editor. Soon after, Mr. Laventhol began designing Part II, Newsday’s counterpart to The Post’s Style section. By 1970, Mr. Laventhol had been promoted to executive editor of Newsday. That same year, the paper’s owner, Harry F. Guggenheim, sold Newsday to the Times Mirror Company, which then owned The Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Laventhol was Newsday’s executive editor from 1970 to 1978, the year he was named publisher and chief executive officer. In 1972, the six-day-a-week paper added a Sunday edition. With the closing of The Long Island Press, and hoping to nudge The Daily News from the semi-suburban environs of northeast Queens, Mr. Laventhol started Newsday’s Queens edition in 1977. Two years later, he opened Newsday’s first foreign bureau, in China; bureaus in London, Cairo and Mexico City followed.
Under Mr. Laventhol’s leadership, Newsday won four Pulitzer Prizes, including one for a 1974 series called “The Heroin Trail,” which traced the flow of drugs from the poppy fields of Turkey to the streets of Long Island, and another, in 1985, for its coverage of famine in Africa.
New York Newsday won critical praise with its attempt to mix the entertaining elements of old-style tabloids with in-depth news coverage. But in 1995, after losing an estimated $100 million, it ceased publication. “It was the only time I ever cried in this business,” Mr. Laventhol said in an interview.
By then, he had risen to the top ranks of Times Mirror. In 1981, while still publisher of Newsday, he was also named the company’s vice president for Eastern newspapers. By 1987, he was president of Times Mirror; three years later, he was publisher of The Los Angeles Times.
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During Mr. Laventhol’s three years in that post, the paper added correspondents in Berlin, Brussels and Tokyo and opened a Seattle bureau. After the riots following the 1992 acquittal of four white police officers charged with beating black motorist Rodney King, Mr. Laventhol started a Sunday section covering Los Angeles’s inner city. He also started a Spanish-language tabloid.
Among the three Pulitzers The Times received during Mr. Laventhol’s tenure as publisher, one was for its coverage of the 1992 riots. The inner-city edition was closed several years after Mr. Laventhol retired as publisher in 1993, after he was found to have Parkinson’s disease.
David Abram Laventhol was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1933, the son of Jesse and Clare Laventhol. His father was a political reporter for The Philadelphia Record. At Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Mr. Laventhol edited the school newspaper while also working as a copy boy at The Washington Star. In 1953, after working at The Yale Daily News, Mr. Laventhol joined the Army and spent two years repairing radios.
Attribution: DENNIS HEVESI nytimes.com
Full obit: Laventhol
SAMUEL LINDEN JOHNSON "Lindy", November 24, 2014 at the age of 59Samuel Linden Johnson, a longtime resident of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the age of 59. Lindy was born on January 8, 1955 in Washington, DC, the first son of S. Linden and Veronica Johnson. Lin worked as a copy boy at the Washington Star and later went into carpentry.
Veteran journalist Iqbal Mirza dies - December 9, 2014
Born as Mirza Iqbal Ahmed Beg in 1933 in British India, he chose Iqbal Mirza as a pen name to author news. His journalistic career spanned over five decades, during which he remained associated with different local and international news organisations.
Daily Business Recorder was his last news organisation where he served as Assistant Editor Reporting till his death. Iqbal Mirza entered the profession in 1956. In 1959 with hardly three years of experience in the field, he was picked up to cover the first state visit of President Ayub Khan to Iran and Turkey. Subsequently, he was posted in Tehran as PPA correspondent.
He has the distinction of being the first Pakistani journalist, who was given an exclusive interview by Shahanshah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pehlavi, in his Saadabad Palace in Tehran in 1960, which got extensive coverage in Pakistani media. The interview was also published by Keyhan International.
He also interviewed Prime Minister of Iran Dr Manucheher Eqbal. On return to Pakistan, he represented several foreign newspapers and news agencies, prominent being The Financial Times, London (1964-80), Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong (1967-70) Washington Star (1970), Copley News Service, San Diego, California, USA (1968-70). He had also worked for Civil and Military Gazette, Lahore (1956-59), the newspaper which was edited by Rudyard Kipling, Indian born British writer and poet, in the pre-partition days.
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Peggy Ann Trimble, Assistant to the Controller, November 17, 2014Peggy passed away peacefully on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the Garden Ridge nursing facility of the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield, Virginia. She was 91 years old.
Peggy was born on September 20, 1923 in Matthews, North Carolina to Amos and Pauline Boyette and was the first of four children. She is survived by her sister, Betty Jane Hoyt. She was predeceased by her sister, Louise L. Haislip, and her brother, Amos M. Boyette. She is also survived by four nieces and nephews.
Peggy came to the Washington DC area during WWII, serving in the Women's Army Corps as a Staff Sergeant at the Pentagon. While there, she met her husband, John F. Trimble (deceased), and they were married at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in 1946. Her two children, John R. Trimble and Elizabeth A. Layfield, were born in 1948.
In 1961, Peggy rejoined the workforce as a secretary at The Washington Star and was later promoted to the position of Assistant to the Controller until the newspaper ceased operation in 1981. She then joined the staff of Allbritton Communications Company in Washington, DC where she worked until her retirement in 1993.
|Hugh David Ellington||- Sept. 8, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2013|
H. David "Dave" Ellington, 82, Martinsburg, formerly of Fort Washington, Md., passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Homewood at Martinsburg.
He was born in Burlington, N.C., son of the late Harvey D. and Rosa F. (Maynor) Ellington. He married Shirley M. Hawk on Nov. 17, 1955, in Silver Spring, Md.
Dave was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War aboard the USS John W. Weeks and attaining the rank of boilerman third class. He was employed for many years as an operating engineer for the Washington Star Newspaper and then for American University, Washington, D.C. He enjoyed auctioneering and antiquing, which inspired him to become a fine arts appraiser.
M. Justin Baum, Star ad salesman. March 26, 1920 - December 28, 2013
Lansing Lamont, journalist, dies at 83 - September 3, 2013
Lansing Lamont, a journalist and author whose “Day of Trinity” was a tour de force account of the scientists who helped conceive, develop and carry out the atom bomb tests that helped end World War II and initiate the nuclear age, died Sept. 3 at his home in New York. He was 83.
The cause was cancer, said his wife, Ada Jung Lamont.
Mr. Lamont was the scion of a distinguished banking family. His grandfather, Thomas W. Lamont, was a presidential adviser, philanthropist and board chairman of J.P. Morgan & Co. His father, Thomas S. Lamont, was a vice president at Morgan.
|Lansing Lamont in July 1965. (Photo by Walter Bennett/ )|
Hubert “Hugh” Fink passed away on 8-21-13. Son of the late Hubert S. Fink, Sr. and the late Beulah Christine Fink, Father of Linda Lawhorne and the late Debra L. Fink. Hugh is survived by his daughter Linda, Son In Law Dana and 3 granddaughters, Megan, Christine and Mallory. He was born in Salisbury, NC but grew up in Alexandria, VA. He graduated from GW High School. After graduation, he went to college for 2 years but then joined the Navy and served active duty for 7 years and 7 years in the reserves. After the Navy, Hugh worked for the Evening Star until it closed in 1980 and then worked for The Washington Post until he retired in 1992. After retirement he moved to Marco Island Florida and then Cape Coral, Florida. Hugh loved the ocean, boating, flying and drawing. As his life-long friend Marge said, "he knew a little bit about everything" He will be missed more than we can say.
Faith R. Jackson, author and headmistress, 93 - A Washington author and a former headmistress at the Washington Academy of Ballet, died Nov. 12, 2012 at the Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, where she had lived for 15 years.
She had Parkinson’s disease, her son Jeremy Jackson said.
In 1962, Mrs. Jackson became headmistress of the academic school at the Academy of Ballet, where she also taught dance history. The academic school closed in 1977, but the dance unit of the academy remained open.
She was also a choreographer for arts festivals in the Washington area and an adjunct professor of the arts at American University.
As an author, Mrs. Jackson was best known for her 1997 biography of William Lyman Phillips, “Pioneer of Tropical Landscape Architecture,” and for a novel, “Meadow Fugue and Descant,” which won the 2002 Washington Writers’ Publishing House award.
In a review in the Washington Times, writer and critic Stephanie Deutsch wrote, “This is an exquisite little book, a welcome antidote to coming of age novels that dwell on the side of frustration and despair.”
Faith Houwich Reyher was born in New York City and was a 1939 graduate of Bennington College in Vermont.
She worked as an editor at the New York Post and, in the 1950s, was book editor of the Miami Herald. She moved to the Washington area in 1961 and wrote book reviews for the Washington Star and other newspapers and periodicals.
Attribution: Bart Barnes, washingtonpost.com
James Whelan, 79, the founding editor and publisher of the Washington Times, the newspaper established in 1982 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his South Korea-based Unification Church, died Dec. 1, 2012 at his home in Miami. Mr. Whelan was ousted after two years, saying it had become what its detractors had always said it was, "a Moonie newspaper." The cause was multiple organ failure, his nephew Bill Halldin said. Mr. Whelan was the vice president and editor of the Sacramento Union when he was recruited to run the Times. About half the staff Mr. Whelan put together in 1982 was composed of church members, but it also included many veteran journalists, a number of whom had worked for the Washington Star, which had ceased publication the previous year. From the outset, the idea for the Times was to provide a conservative alternative to the Washington Post. Over the next two years, Mr. Whelan helped build the paper's circulation to nearly 100,000, and although that was a fraction of the Post's, the Times commanded attention, not least because it was read daily by President Ronald Reagan, who often quoted from it. In 1984, Mr. Whelan was fired. The paper cited a dispute over salary; Mr. Whelan attributed it to his distress over a loss of editorial independence. - N.Y. Times News Service
Donald Richardson Miller, 84, of Huntingtown, MD, passed away July 30, 2012 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton, MD. He was born February 18, 1928, in Newport, Vermont to Maxwell A. and Alice L. (Conklin) Miller, late of Town Harbor Lane, Southold. Donald was raised in Spring Valley, NY, where he attended public schools. His family moved to Takoma Park, MD, and he graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. He worked for the Washington Star Newspaper as a messenger. Donald spent the summers in Southold with his six siblings, parents and grandparents in his great-grandmother Julia Wells Conklin's home on Town Harbor Lane. He entered the United States Army in November, 1950, and was honorably discharged in March, 1951. He was then employed at the Hahn Shoe Company in their window display department. He worked in Wheaton and Landover, MD, retiring in 1992. In 2010, he moved into an assisted living facility in Ft. Washington, MD, and then moved to a nursing home in Clinton where he resided until his passing. Donald loved going to the National Zoo, painting by numbers, doing puzzles and was an avid Washington Redskins fan.
Andrew Worth Kinzer, 97, of Falls Church, VA , died on April 12, 2012 at the Goodwin House in Falls Church. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal, VA conducted by Rev. Jim Tubbs. Mr. Kinzer was born October 24, 1914 in Jenkins, KY, son of Andrew W. Kinzer and Susan Heffley Kinzer. He was a WWII veteran and retired in 1979 as Administrative Assistant to the Controller, Washington Star.
EUGENE "Jackie" R. CUMMINGS - On Monday June 18, 2012, Eugene "Jackie" R. Cummings passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He met his wife of 64 years, the former Elsie Marie Campitella, in Washington, DC and they were married on August 9, 1948. Mr. Cummings was born in Spring Hill (Chandler Branch), WV on June 4, 1928 and grew up in Mount Hope, WV. He served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army before going on to a career with the Bureau of Printing and Engraving for the remainder of his working life. He worked both at the Washington Evening Star newspaper and later on Capitol Hill, as a proofreader for legislation coming from the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging chaired by Senator Frank Church and Senator John Heinz. He was a member of the Columbia Typographical Union 101, American Legion Post 176, Elks Lodge 875, the Eagles, and a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Fredericksburg, VA. He loved to golf and was a master pool player. He loved music - especially country and the Grand Ole Opry. His sense of humor was legendary and was present even on the last days of his life. From 1953 to 2004, he lived in the Northern Virginia suburbs. After retirement, he lived in Titusville, FL; Weyers Cave, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; and from 2004 to the present in Madison, AL.
Gentleman journalist Andy Viglucci dies at 84 ALBANY — Andy Viglucci was a newspaperman's newspaperman. His dad worked in the circulation department of the Knickerbocker Press and later operated a newsstand on lower State Street that sold a dozen dailies, cigarettes and sundry items while exuding an aura of excitement that caught the son in the thrall of newsprint. "All Andy ever wanted to do was work for a newspaper," recalled William Kennedy, who met Viglucci in 1952 when both worked on the staff of the Times Union. Viglucci battled daily deadlines as he plied his craft for more than 50 years from Albany to San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was the longtime editor-in-chief of the San Juan Daily Star, a 40,000-circulation English-language daily. He earned renown for writing fierce editorials that stood up to the powerful and smoked out corruption on the Caribbean island. The paper won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1961. Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno sent condolences and said Viglucci left a legacy "of a serious and responsible journalist known for his deep respect toward all." "He worked on newspapers until he was 80 and it's what kept him going," said his son, Andres Viglucci, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Miami Herald. "It wasn't just in his blood. It was his oxygen." Viglucci died Saturday at Albany Medical Center Hospital from complications of Alzheimer's at age 84. He was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. "It's a terrible disease for anyone, but was so unfair to a man who lived for words and ideas," said his wife, Betsy Lopez. At a memorial service Monday, Kennedy hailed Viglucci's durability as a member of the Fourth Estate. "My oldest pal in the world," he called Viglucci, who knew Kennedy's parents and was the only one around who still called Kennedy by his boyhood nickname of Billy. "To Andy. Who knows Albany the way I know it," Kennedy signed a 1984 poster to mark a citywide celebration of Kennedy's novel "Ironweed," which won the Pulitzer Prize that year. Born on June 9, 1927, Viglucci grew up between two cultures. His Italian father and Irish mother dated after meeting on the neutral turf of a dance at School 24. They married over strong protests from both families, flouting that era's ethnic rules of conduct. He grew up first in the predominantly Italian South End and later in the Irish North End. He graduated from Albany High School and served in the Navy at the end of World War II. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree, from Clark University, with the help of the GI Bill. His wife, who is Puerto Rican and a former newspaper reporter, feels his upbringing helped him excel in the rough-and-tumble world of newspapering when fistfights were known to break out in booze-soaked newsrooms. The blue-eyed, soft-spoken Viglucci killed them with kindness. "He was very unassuming, just a sweet and gentle man," she said. Even surly pressmen and printers wrote Viglucci a homegrown proclamation when he retired the first time as editor of the San Juan Star in 1993 after he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65. They called him El Caballero del Periodismo, "The Gentleman of Journalism." San Juan natives, difficult to win over, gave a term of endearment to the Albany expatriate. They called Viglucci la mancha de platano, "stained by the plantain." The plantain, similar to a banana, leaves a stain that's very difficult to remove. The saying is reserved for outsiders who come to be seen as Puerto Ricans to their core. "I always said he was an assimilated gringo," his wife said. Viglucci ended up in Puerto Rico on a whim. He was working as a reporter at the Schenectady Union-Star in 1956 when he caught wind that a new English-language paper, the World Journal, was being started. He and Kennedy applied and both were hired. The paper folded in nine months. Kennedy decamped to the Miami Herald and Viglucci got a reporting job at the Washington Star. Both returned in 1959 to start up an English-language paper, the San Juan Star, Viglucci as city editor and Kennedy as managing editor. The editors refused to hire a young applicant named Hunter S. Thompson. The future father of Gonzo journalism and best-selling author had been fired by the Times Herald-Record in Middletown for kicking open a candy vending machine in the office in a tirade. They didn't like Thompson's attitude. Viglucci's son, the newspaperman, one of five children and five grandchildren, said his father "was not only a very good editor, but he was able to manage a lot of egos without his own getting in the way." Viglucci spent the rest of his journalistic career at the San Juan Star, except for a six-month stint in 1967 when he was lured back to Albany to work at the Times Union as managing editor. In the mid-'90s, he was brought out of retirement to run the Star for new owners and commuted for a week each month between his home in Albany and an apartment San Juan. He retired a second time in 2006, two years before the paper folded. "I've been very lucky to live in two places I love," he said.
Attribution: TimesUnion.com (By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer)
Alexander W. Sheftell, media executive
Alexander W. Sheftell, 85, a former advertising sales executive who owned radio stations in the Washington region and California, died March 12 at Summerville at Potomac, a nursing facility. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1977, Mr. Sheftell bought WAVA-FM radio in Arlington County for $2 million and transformed the news station into a popular album rock station. Four years later, he sold it to Doubleday Broadcasting for $8 million, which at the time was a record price for an individual radio property in the Washington area.
Mr. Sheftell began his broadcasting career as a promotions manager for WTTG-TV in 1950. He was the general manager for WMAL-TV before buying his first radio station, WLMD-FM in Laurel, in 1971.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Sheftell was the senior producer for a weekly syndicated radio program featuring investigative reporter Jack Anderson. He also owned two Santa Monica, Calif., radio stations.
Alexander Wolf Sheftell, a native Washingtonian, was a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1950 from the University of Maryland. During the late 1930s, he was a bat boy for the Washington Senators.
He served in the Merchant Marine from 1944 to 1947 and during the 1960s wrote a men’s fashion column for the Washington Star. He had lived in Potomac since 1969.
He was a past president of the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington and was a member of the Washington Area Broadcasters Association.
Spencer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ann Dodd Roberts; son Spencer Roberts III and wife Beverley of Spotsylvania; daughter Sherry Dodd Roberts Yopp and husband Milton of Pulaski; daughter Nila Trigger and husband Charles of Spotsylvania; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was born in Arlington County in 1918 and moved to Hillsboro in 1929. He managed the family business, Hill Tom Market, and worked for the Washington Evening Star newspaper until he entered the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as an aircraft mechanics instructor at bases in Nebraska, Florida and other states. In 1942 he married Ann Dodd from Aldie, who accompanied him, when possible, in the service until the war ended in 1945. They made Spotsylvania County their home in 1946.
He became the area distributor for the former Washington Evening Star newspaper in 1946. He later began his own business, Roberts Wholesale Meats, in 1953, serving local stores as far away as Colonial Beach. He retired in 1982.
Spencer was a dedicated community activist and volunteer, serving his community during the 65 years that he called Spotsylvania County his home.
He was a member of the former Spotsylvania Ruritan Club for over 50 years, serving as its president for seven terms. He served during 1969 as the district governor for Ruritan clubs in the area from Fredericksburg to Culpeper and west to the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1995, he received the Tom Downing Fellow Award, the highest award offered by the Ruritan National Foundation, for his contributions to his Ruritan Club and community.
Attribution & Full Obit: http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2011/022011/02232011/608957
►EVELYN ELIZABETH ROUTT, On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, of Nags Head, NC, formerly of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of the late Randolph J. Routt.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Abrams was raised in Harrisburg, Pa., and graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He earned an MBA from The American University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he served as an editor of the law review and led the moot court team to the national finals, a historic win in the school's history as a then newly accredited law school. He was active in Penn alumni affairs, having served as the chairman of the Washington Metropolitan chapter of the Alumni Council on Admissions and on the Mid-Atlantic Region Alumni Board.
Mr. Abrams moved to Washington in 1969, and his first job was with the late Washington Evening Star. After leaving the Star, he devoted most of the rest of his career to public service, serving initially as press assistant for the House Select Committee on Crime.
►William S. "Bill" Fleishell Jr., 88, an art director for the Republican National Committee from 1960 until his retirement in 1990, died Aug. 3 at his home in Washington. He had prostate cancer.
A logo of a red and blue elephant decorated with three stars was designed for the RNC by Mr. Fleishell in the early 1970s, and it is still a symbol of the organization. During his career, he freelanced as a graphic artist, and his designs were used for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration in 1976. His cartoons also were published in Time magazine.
After he retired from the RNC, he continued to work as a freelance artist and calligrapher.
William Sheldon Fleishell, a native Washingtonian, was a 1939 graduate of the old Central High School. He served in the Navy during World War II, first as a pilot and then as a diver. He ran the Navy's art shop in New York City and painted murals for the Navy.
After World War II, he received a bachelor's degree from what is now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. before working for the RNC, he was an artist for the Washington Star and an associate art director at an advertising agency in the District.
His wife of 45 years, Isabelle Duffy Fleishell, died in 1998. Survivors include three children, Kathleen A. Gibb of Oklahoma City and Sheila M. Fleishell and William S. Fleishell III, both of Washington; a brother; and four grandchildren.
-- Lauren Wiseman Washington Post
►GRACE GOULDMAN, 86, of Morgantown, formerly of Churchton, MD passed away Friday, August 21, 2009. Grace was born in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, the daughter of the late John Reberg and Alma Leese Reberg. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and attended Drews Business College. In 1943, during World War II, she accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and moved to Washington DC. She was employed by the FBI for twenty-five years and the Washington Star newspaper for ten years. She was an active and devoted member of the First Lutheran Church of Sunderland, Maryland.
Published in The Washington Post on 8/23/2009
►RALPH STEWART SMITH JR., 77, of Winston-Salem, NC, formerly of Charlotte, NC, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009. Mr. Smith was born on January 22, 1932, in Charlotte, to Ralph Stewart Smith, Sr., and Constance Ferguson Smith.
Mr. Smith served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne Division, as a paratrooper, and served as a NATO observer during the Algerian war. He was educated at the Citadel, USC, and American U. in Washington, DC.
While a student, he wrote the evening news for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC and later at the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC. He was editorial writer for the Charlotte News, the Washington Star, and the W-S Journal-Sentinel. Mr. Smith won the AIA Press Award in 1968 and in 1971, he co-wrote a series that won the W-S Journal a Pulitzer Prize. In the late 70's, Mr. Smith wrote scripts for several PBS documentaries and won a Gold Medallion Award for Excellence from the Conference of Christians and Jews.
Ralph was active at Reynolda Presbyterian Church. He was on the Missions Committee, and wrote the newsletter for the Building Committee.
Published in Charlotte Observer on September 11, 2009
►JAMES W. ROLAND, 59, On Wednesday, September 30, 2009 passed at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. Roland was President and Founder of MIND DESIGN, a Washington, DC based creative products company. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Roland was a graduate of Roy Miller High School and Howard University (Journalism, 1972). He began his illustrious career with the Washington Star as a reporter and served as a public relations Executive for Ofield Dukes and Associates and Public Information Specialist for the Secretary of Labor then Mr. Ernest Green.
Published in The Washington Post on 10/8/2009
►ARNOLD BROWN HURT, 96, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died October 24, 2009 at The Virginian, Fairfax, VA. Arnold was born in Lubbock, TX but spent his school years in his maternal family home of New Berlin, NY. After graduation in 1932 from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA, he moved to the Washington area to attend the National School of Fine & Applied Arts, where he met Eleanor. To earn his art school tuition, Arnold worked at the Washington Star as a graphic designer. From 1935 to 1942, he was employed as a mapping and graphics draftsman by the Department of Agriculture''s Soil Conservation Service. In 1942, his mapping skills were needed by The War Department, where he worked until the end of World War II. The remainder of his career was with the Veterans Administration''s Hospital Architectural Division, first as a Site Planner and later as a Requirements Coordinator. He retired in 1970. Arnold had a lifelong involvement in the visual arts, expressing his creativity and talent in woodcarving, pastel portraits, drawing and painting. He was recognized locally in various exhibits, including an exhibit of award-winning woodcarvers at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. For many years he was an active member and officer in the Northern Virginia Carver''s Guild.
Published in The Washington Post on 10/30/2009
►BERYL DENZER HINES, (1922-2007), passed away on July 30, 2007 at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 84. She was the daughter of the late Allen and Kate Shoenfield of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mrs. Hines was a 1940 graduate of University High School and a 1944 graduate of the University of Michigan, both in Ann Arbor. Mrs. Hines followed in the footsteps of her father, also a graduate of the University of Michigan, who worked for the Detroit News as a writer, columnist, and editor. Mrs. Hines worked as a journalist in Washington D.C. during the Cold War period after World War II, providing stories for news papers such as the Washington Star and Washington Post, earning the nickname "Scoop" for her ability to get inside stories before they became public. She became the Associate Producer of the CBS program "Face the Nation" during the show's early years where she was instrumental in securing notable guests for the show. The guests included heads of state, political leaders and scientists, the first U.S. television interview with Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov in 1955, and the first unrestricted interview by American correspondents of Soviet Communist leader Nikita S. Khrushchev at the Kremlin in Moscow in 1957, for which the program was nominated for a Peabody Award. Mrs. Hines also served as the president of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television ("AWRT"). Later, Mrs. Hines became an English Springer Spaniel breeder, producing lines of champion show dogs through her Beryltown Kennels. Since 1988, Mrs. Hines lived at Thomas House, a retirement community in Washington, D.C., where she was active and developed many lasting friendships. She is survived by members of her family, including her sister, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Frederica Brenneman, her son Peter Denzer of West Virginia, a freelance writer and former journalist and Baltimore restaurateur, James Denzer of Minnesota, an attorney, nephews Andrew and Matthew Brenneman, niece Amy Brenneman ("NYPD Blue" and "Judging Amy"), their families, and her friends at Thomas House. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to charitable organizations.
Published in AnnArbor.com on August 2, 2007
►EDWARD JACKSON, spent 44 years working in journalism and enjoyed the field so much that he endowed journalism scholarships at several universities.
Jackson, a Mount Airy native, died of cancer Friday at the age of 85.
Arrangements for a memorial service are incomplete, said his son, Roger Jackson.
His father appreciated a well-crafted sentence and used his journalism skills to connect to international affairs.
"I think what he liked the most was being in touch with what was going on in the world," Jackson said.
Jackson oversaw Time magazine's coverage of the Second Vatican Council, his son said, and worked in London, Rome, New York City and Washington, D.C.
He also worked for the Washington Star and United Press International.
In the early 1970s, Jackson headed the team that developed Time editions geared to Europe, Asia and Australia. He served as the international editions' first editor.
He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 1995.
Jackson endowed journalism scholarships at Washington and Lee University, UNC Chapel Hill and the University of California at Berkeley. He hoped to encourage talented young people to enter the field.
"I think he hoped that they would be curious and honest and good writers," Jackson said, "because he didn't always see that in recent days."
Published in the Winston-Salem Journal February 9, 2010
►JOSEPH M. POTTER, president of Richmond Newspapers Inc. during the 1992 merger of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader, died Sunday at a local hospital. He was 84.
A native of Greenville, S.C., and an alumnus of George Washington University, Mr. Porter led the Richmond newspapers through the merger and in building a production plant in Hanover County, which opened in June 1992. He retired at the end of that year.
"Joe was a consummate production manager and director of operations," said J. Stewart Bryan III, chairman of Media General, parent company of The Times-Dispatch.
Mr. Porter oversaw the planning and construction of The Times-Dispatch's three-story, 470,000-square-foot production plant, just north of the junction of Interstate 295 and U.S. 301.
And he led the morning and afternoon papers' operations -- including circulation, business office and production -- in a smooth transition. Mr. Porter ensured that the best and latest equipment was acquired for the Hanover facility, said Bryan, who hired Mr. Porter in the late 1960s in Tampa, when Bryan was at The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times.
"I relied on his knowledge and his ability and his strengths in operations," said Bryan, who was publisher of The Times-Dispatch and The News Leader and CEO of parent company Media General at the time of the merger.
At the Tampa papers, Mr. Porter worked as production director. In 1984, he was named vice president and general manager of RNI, after seven years as business manager. He was president of RNI for three years.
Former colleagues remember him as a low-key leader who chose to convince others rather than give orders and whose priority as president was completing the Hanover plant project.
"He was a tough leader, but very, very fair, and he knew the production side of the business," said Scott Leath, senior vice president and general manager of The Times-Dispatch, who worked with Mr. Porter for 12 years. "He was the ideal man to handle the transition into the new facility."
"He said he had a temper, but he didn't expose it to me," Jeanne Pauley, Mr. Porter's administrative assistant for his final six years at the company, recalled. "He was very kind."
A World War II veteran who was stationed in Italy and flew several missions as a gunner, Mr. Porter learned the newspaper printing trade at his local paper, the News and Piedmont in Greenville. Before joining Media General, he worked as a printer at The Washington Star.
"He was happy and he did a very fine job," said daughter Patsy Porter, recalling the 25 years of service her father gave to Media General.
In his earlier years, he volunteered as a firefighter, raised funds to buy new ambulances and worked with deaf students at Gallaudet University in Washington. He was also an ardent fisherman, a Washington Redskins fan and a passionate poker player who often hosted poker night with some Media General colleagues.
His wife of more than 60 years, Elizabeth Hamrick Porter, died in 2008.
Other survivors include a brother, Edward Porter of Greenville, S.C.; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
Published: Richmond Times-Dispatch February 8, 2010
Chism, 71, bought The Times with his wife Kitty in 1993 and then purchased the Monitor in 1996. The couple sold the papers to Stephens Media in 2005. He was the publisher and general manager, while his wife, a former Washington Star and Washington Post editor and reporter, was the editor of The Times.
Published in North Little Rock Times, 2/18/2010
►St. CLAIR McKELWAY, for 37 years, McKelway was one of the New Yorker's most prolific and inventive nonfiction writers. In his time, he was regarded as a master of the long-form profile, a superior chronicler of rapscallions and low-rent hustlers. Indeed, when he was on his game, McKelway might have been the best nonfiction writer the magazine had -- this at a time when Liebling, Mitchell and E.J. Kahn Jr. were also producing signature work.
McKelway regarded journalism as his birthright. His great uncle was an editor at the Brooklyn Eagle, and his brother Ben worked at the Washington Star. In 1935, after stints at the Washington Times-Herald, the New York World and the New York Herald Tribune, he came to the New Yorker at the behest of editor Harold Ross, who was looking to infuse the magazine with a jolt of gritty reportage.
Published in LA Times on 2/14/2010
George was a proud member of the Columbia Typographical Union, Local 101; America’s oldest Labor Union, from 1943 until his death. He was a 32 Degree Mason and a Shriner. George was a life-long Washington Redskins fan, and an avid golfer, whose biggest thrill was scoring a hole-in-one in 1984 at #2 at Henson Creek Golf Course in Ft. Washington, MD.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Stephen Zevgolis, Kiki Mitsis, and Diana Alexander.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beba H. Zevgolis of Raleigh; daughter, Susan Zevgolis Condon, and her husband, Martin of Fair Oaks, CA; son, Paul S. Zevgolis and his wife, Kaori of Raleigh; grandchildren, Arianthe Zevgolis Condon of Fair Oaks, CA, and Christopher, Stephen and Hana Zevgolis of Raleigh. He is also survived by his nine siblings, Katherine Owens, Mary Moore, Michael Zevgolis, Anthony Zevgolis, Bill Zevgolis, Sophia Traylor, Nitsa Martin, all of Hopewell, VA; and Irene Burton of Alexandria, VA, and Victoria Zevgolis of Washington, DC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
►FRANK L. DRAKE, died in March 2010, he was 98 years old. Frank worked Makeup for the Sunday Society Section and worked copy preparation the rest of the week.
►HENRY BRANDON, ( 1916, Mar. 9 - 1993, Apr. 20)
1916, Mar. 9 Liberec, Czechoslovakia Born Oscar Henry Brandeis, Liberec, Czechoslovakia
1979-1981 Washington, D.C. Syndicated columnist, Washington Star, Washington, D.C.
1993, Apr. 20 London, England Died, London, England
From the finding aid for Henry Brandon Papers 1939-1994 ( Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
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►C. (CHARLES) Chaillé-Long, ( 1842, July 2 - 1917, Mar. 24)
1842, July 2 Born, Princess Anne, Md.
1908-1916? Editorial staff member, Washington Sunday Star
1917, Mar. 24 Died, buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
From the finding aid for C. Chaillé-Long Papers 1809-1918 (bulk 1863-1918) ( Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
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In 1923 Donald Culross Peattie married Louise Heegaard Redfield, who he had known since high school. They collaborated on their first books, Down Wind and Cargoes & Harvests, and DCP wrote a column for the Washington Star, some of which later became part of An Almanac for Moderns.
From the finding aid for Donald Culross Peattie and Louise Redfield Peattie Papers, 1912-1984 (University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections)
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Remembering an Early Prophet in Chicago Wilderness
►JAMES FREE, (1908, Nov. 5 - 1996, Apr. 3)
1908, Nov. 5 Born, Gordo, Ala.
1939-1941 Reporter, Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
1989 Elected to Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame
1996, Apr. 3 Died, Washington, D.C.
From the finding aid for James Free Papers 1929-1996 (bulk 1951-1979) ( Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
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►Frazer Frost Hilder, 90, a Washington native who retired from General Motors Corp. in 1977 as vice president and general counsel responsible for safety and environmental compliance, died of congestive heart failure June 3, 2003 at a retirement home in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Hilder graduated from Central High in 1929 and the University of Michigan in 1934. He worked as a writer for the Washington Evening Star while attending evening law school at George Washington University. He was a member of the Order of the Coif law honor society.
He served in the Army in Alaska during World War II
►D.C. Journalist and Publisher Raymond C. Henry April 1, 1996
Raymond C. Henry, 71, a former businessman, newsletter publisher and journalist, died of congestive heart failure April 1 at the Sleepy Hollow Manor nursing home in Falls Church. He lived in Falls Church.
Mr. Henry, a native of Sheldon, Iowa, served with the Army in Europe during World War II. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949 and then came to Washington. He attended George Washington University law school and was a copy boy with the old Washington Evening Star newspaper before joining the Associated Press, where he worked from 1951 to 1961 and was a reporter and columnist.
In 1961, he wrote a syndicated column on the aging
►Constantine Brown 1945-1966
Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Constantine Brown, were active journalists in Washington, D.C. and abroad for many years. As a result, they established contacts with key political and diplomatic figures both nationally and internationally. After obtaining a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Berlin (c. 1912), Constantine Brown was in Cambridge, England doing post-graduate work when World War I began. He covered the war on the Russian front for the London Times, was in Russia when the Revolution began, and was one of the first American newspapermen to interview Lenin. He subsequently became Bureau Chief for the Chicago Daily News in Turkey, Paris and London, and moved to the Washington Evening Star as Foreign Affairs Editor in 1932. In 1942, he began writing a column syndicated by the Bell-McClure organization. His memoirs, entitled The Coming of the Whirlwind, were published in 1964. Disturbed by the defeat of Richard Nixon in 1960 and the liberal emphasis of the Kennedy administration, the Browns decided to move to Europe, living in Rome from 1961 to early 1965. After returning to Washington, Constantine Brown died on Feb. 24, 1966.
►Bruce D. Fales, a noted photographer and railroader, died at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 30, 1993. He was 84. He became fascinated with railroads at an early age, and he began his hobby of photography in the 1920s.
A promising baseball player in his high school days in Washington, he was approached with offers from professional ball clubs which he declined. He preferred to remain in Washington where he worked for the Daily News as a distribution manager. In 1929 he married May Shorb of Silver Spring.
In 1938 he was hired by the B&O as a locomotive fireman, first working in Brunswick, Maryland, and then in Washington, where he remained until 1952. He once was the fireman on President Franklin Roosevelt's special train.
When railroad officials became aware of Mr. Fales' photographic talents, he became a photographer for the company and its monthly employee magazine. His photos also began to appear in other magazines and books nationally. He prided himself in action shots of steam locomotives and he made numerous trips to where the railroad crossed mountains in Western Maryland and West Virginia.
He left the B&O in 1952 to accept a position with the Washington Evening Star as route manager, retiring in 1972. He became an avid collector of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad china that had once been used aboard the dining cars. He also concentrated on coloring many of his black and white photos with oil paint.
Both of his children, a daughter and a son, preceded him in death. He is survived by May Fales, his wife of 63 years, a brother, a grandson, and two great-grandchildren.
►Everett Longley Warne, Died: 20 October 1963, Bellows Falls, Vermont
Everett Longley Warner, the son of Horace Everett and Anna Riggs Warner, was born on July 16, 1877, in Vinton, Iowa. He attended public school in his home town and later in Washington, D.C. In 1894 he was hired by the Washington Evening Star as an art critic, a position he held until 1898. His first formal art training was undertaken at the Corcoran Art School in Washington in 1897-98. In 1898 Warner moved to New York City for two years of study at the Art Students League, and in 1903 studied at the Academie Julian in Paris.