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Leroy F. Aarons
Leroy F. Aarons, 70, a tough and exacting newsman who was a pioneer in the effort to bring greater visibility to gay and lesbian journalists and who worked to improve coverage involving gays, died Nov. 28, 2004 of a heart attack at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. A resident of Sebastopol, Calif., he had been battling cancer for months.
Mr. Aarons was a founder and former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. At his death, he was the director of a program on gays and the media at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles. A former journalist with The Washington Post and the Oakland Tribune, he also was an author, a librettist and a playwright.
In 1989, the American Society of Newspaper Editors asked Mr. Aarons, then the executive editor of the Oakland Tribune, to conduct a confidential survey of gay journalists. When he presented the survey findings at an ASNE conference the next year, he used the opportunity to announce his own homosexuality.
He hadn't planned to do so, but shortly before he was to make his presentation, he got a call from a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force who was so enthusiastic about the report that Mr. Aarons realized -- as he told the San Antonio Express-News in a recent interview -- that "I can't do something, be something, that I'm not." He penciled into his report: "I'm proud -- as an editor and as a gay man -- proud of the ASNE for having done this." "And with that clutched in my hand," he told the Express-News, "I went to the podium. And I did it. I said it. It was a bombshell."
July 17, 1883 - November 1, 1973
a pioneer photojournalist and later a television columnist for the Oakland Tribune, was born in Alfred, Maine in July 17,1883 and died in San Francisco in 1973. He was 90.
He grew up in Virginia and worked for newspapers and magazines, photographing many of the stars and political leaders of New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Moscow in the 1920s and 30s.
His portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Tyrone Power, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. De Mille, and others were famous.
But he went on to cover breaking news, recording the Spanish Civil War, the Nazis' rise to power, and events in the Soviet Union. His 1932 portrait of Joseph Stalin was used to stop rumors that the dictator was dead. Many of Abbe's works are owned by major museums.
By the 1940s, Abbe had become a radio broadcaster in San Francisco, and in 1950 he was one of the nation's first television columnists, writing for the Oakland Tribune until 1962 when he retired at 80. He was the author of I Photograph Russia (1934). Stars of the Twenties, a collection of his work, was posthumously published in 1975.
Francisco “Fran” Manuel Arizu
Francisco Manuel Arizu was born December 23, 1916 in San Francisco. He passed away on January 8, 2008. Fran graduated from Roosevelt High School in Oakland. He married Betty Hinschberger in 1941 and served in the Army during World War II. He worked fore the Oakland Tribune for 43 years. Fran worked as a Field Adviser in Northern Zone where he worked with other district advisers in the Richmond, Pinole and Albany areas in the late 60's and early 70's. Fran was also active in the Boy Scouts of America for 36 years serving as scout master. He also served as Commander of the Lake Merritt Post of the American Legion. He was a resident of Rossmoor and an avid golfer and a active member of the Road Runners Association. Fran was survived by his wife of 67 years Betty, Children David and Ann Arizu, Peter and Betsy Arizu and Stuart and Noni Convery plus nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
F. Eugene Ayres
F. Eugene Ayres, who as an investigative reporter broke a series of major stories during the 1960s and 1970s at the Oakland Tribune, died Wednesday August 19, 1998 at Marin General Hospital at the age of 68 Mr. Ayres, a longtime resident of Berkeley who spent his retirement years in Inverness, died after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He retired from the Tribune in 1991. . Mr. Ayres was born in Jasper, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1929, and grew up on a farm. He later joined the Marines and saw combat as an enlisted man in the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957, then joined the staff of the Kansas City Star. He worked briefly at the Tacoma News Tribune before joining the Oakland Tribune in 1963. In his retirement years, he hunted in Missouri and fished for trout in Idaho with old newspaper colleagues. Mr. Ayres is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, of Oakland, and his brother, Vernon, of Carthage, Mo.
Starting in the mid-1960s, long before the Watergate scandal thrust investigative reporting into the public consciousness, Mr. Ayres had published a string of hard-hitting, carefully researched exposes.
In 1967, he joined Tribune reporter Jeff Morgan to turn a story about a seemingly mundane southern Alameda County murder into a 12-part, 25,000-word series about corruption in handling of the Teamsters Union pension fund. Several years later, the two reported that then-San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto had earned $2.3 million in a fee-splitting scheme with Washington state Attorney General John O'Connell involving a lawsuit against 29 electrical contractors. The scandal drew national attention, and bribery and fraud charges were filed against Alioto and O'Connell by the U.S. Justice Department but were later dismissed by a federal judge.
During the Watergate era, Mr. Ayres and Morgan produced stories on President Richard Nixon's infamous ``dirty tricks'' campaign. But the most important story of their careers never saw print. Investigating Nixon's donation of his personal papers for historical purposes, Mr. Ayres and Morgan prepared a story reporting that Nixon had used the donation to avoid paying income taxes. However, Tribune publisher William Knowland, a former Republican senator from California, killed the report. Three weeks later, the Providence (R.I.) Journal published its version of the story, which later won a Pulitzer Prize. "Ayres was the smartest guy I ever knew,'' said Morgan, who now lives in the Virgin Islands. ``He had great, great integrity.''
Morgan left the paper in 1976, and Mr. Ayres went on to investigate the Moonies, report on the controversies surrounding the Peripheral Canal and former California Chief Justice Rose Bird, and cover a series of high-profile federal trials, including the Navy espionage trial of Jerry Whitworth.
"He was the consummate professional,'' said former Tribune reporter Gayle Montgomery. ``He and Morgan were a brilliant team. Morgan was a great writer and Gene was a patient, painstaking researcher, extremely careful about everything he reported.'' Wallace Turner, the former San Francisco bureau chief for New York Times who covered some of the same stories Mr. Ayres did, called him a ``great reporter who brought to every assignment an integrity and important ability to assess the personalities involved.''
Eunice Marilyn Barry
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graduated from Oakland Jan 22, 1928 and passed away on Sept 1, 2009. She in 1946 and lived much of her life in Castlemont High School and Hayward Castro Valley. She was known as a gentle and loving person that would always be there to help others. She is survived by her sons Larry Wing and Lyle Wing, daughter Lori Wing-Banks and her grandchildren Tyler, Melanie and Bryan.
Born March 12, 1920 died March 14, 1992 Oakland Ca. Gardening Columnist Oakland Tribune he was 72.
Bertolero, known around the San Francisco Bay area as the ''Dirt Gardener,'' died Saturday in Oakland, Calif., of an apparent heart attack. He was 72. Bertolero, who hosted a local radio show called Talk Dirt With Bert and wrote a newspaper column offering gardening tips, was watering plants in his home when he died. The avid horticulturist was president of Navlet's Garden Centers, which he purchased with his wife in 1947. They went on to open numerous gardening centers around the San Francisco Bay area.
Note from Jerry Forman. Bert's son 'Buzz' Bertolero assumed his father's role of spokesman for Navlet's Nursery and gardening in general. Buzz is a professional graduate expert in the field of horticulture and I know his column also ran for years in the TRIB. Buzz also branched out to local TV and was always showing up routinely on several channels. As far as I know, he's still involved in the business.
Milton “Tiny” Betts
Milton "Tiny" Betts was born on June 6, 1926, he passed away on October 21, 2001 at San Leandro, Ca He was 76 at the time of his death. “Tiny” Betts worked in Streets, Trucks and as a District Advisor in Home Delivery and later as a swing man in out of the Arroyo office in Walnut Creek before his retirement from the Oakland Tribune. Many of his friends called him Kojak from his bald appearance and leather jacket he often wore. He was as gentle of a man that you could ever know. Rick Faller
Harmon S Bigelow
Harmon S Bigelow a resident of San Leandro Passed away June 24, 2008 at the age of 74. Born April 12, 1934 in Oakland California. A 47 year resident of San Leandro, Ca. Preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Bigelow-Ozmer and parents, Herbert & Ruby Bigelow. He served as an army medic in WWII. Life member and Past Master of Sequoia St. Elmo Lodge # 349 F&AM in 1986 and life member of Live Oak Lodge # 61 F&AM. He worked for the Oakland Tribune from 1954 - 1999 as a Photographer. He leaves behind a beloved wife, Audene Bigelow of 47 years; Daughters, Deane Bigelow, Diane Thompson and Grandson, Todd Thompson. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he came into contact with. He will be greatly missed and loved forever.
Hazel Black, fashion editor of the San Jose Mercury Herald in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93. She succumbed to heart illness Saturday in her Alameda home.
Mrs. Black had been married only a month to John E. Black in 1930 when he died of a heart attack at the age of 36. She was employed by the newspaper and remained until the early '40s. For more than 15 years, until 1958, Mrs. Black then was fashion editor of the Oakland Tribune.
Mrs. Black was born Jan. 23, 1901 in Denver and lived most of her life in the East Bay, said her daughter, Wanda Thatcher of Alameda.
Other survivors are nieces Patricia Kilbourn of Walnut Creek, Carmela Bell of Willits and Martha Drake of Los Angeles; and nephew Cornelius Casey of Portland, Ore. Services were private, and burial was in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.
Donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Northern California, 1900 Powell St., Suite 300, Emeryville, Calif. 94608.
J Lloyd Boles Sr
J Lloyd Boles Sr., an investigative reporter who was nominated by newspaper management for a Pulitzer Prize for his 1970s probe of statewide welfare abuses, died Saturday September 1, 2009 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, his son said. He was 86.
The newspaperman worked for the Oakland Tribune from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. He won several awards for stories on a hunt for murderers in Northern California and an investigative series into statewide welfare abuses.
"He worked hard, he loved people and he would try to help them," said his wife, Mary Boles, 78, of Reno. "Many times in covering a story he would see someone in need of something and he would make sure they got help. He was very proud of his job as a reporter."
After the series on welfare fraud, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan wrote him a letter thanking him for his investigative work. When Reagan was elected president, Boles Sr. was considered for the position of White House press secretary, his son said.
During his time at the Tribune, Boles and a few colleagues founded the East Bay Press Club, which today is still operating as a nonprofit organization, distributing scholarship money and journalism awards each spring. "He was always real enthusiastic about the news," said his son. "First thing when he'd get up in the morning, he'd read the paper. He had a real
Born in Sayre, Okla., on May 11, 1923, he was the only child of Maeburn Howard Banks-Boles, a divorced single mother. He joined the Navy in 1941, when he was 17, and served as a gunner's mate first class petty officer on the USS Aaron Ward, which was stationed in the East China Sea and other places in the Pacific, his wife said. His ship was hit by six suicide "kamikazes" and two bombs one day, killing 42 of the 363 crew members aboard, his son said. After the war, he graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in journalism and went to work for The Wall Street Journal. A year later he took a job at the Oakland Tribune as an investigative reporter. During his tenure at the Tribune, he also attended San Francisco Law School for about 18 months, his family said. He did not become a lawyer, sticking with journalism instead.
"I remember he covered the courthouse and was one of the consummate beat reporters," said Oakland Tribune police reporter Harry Harris, who has worked at the newspaper since 1965. "He had his beat wired and broke a lot of important stories. He was an excellent writer and an overall good guy." After his retirement, Boles returned to Reno, where he was raised. He taught journalism for six years at the University of Nevada, Reno, his wife said. A private pilot, he also enjoyed fishing, gardening, photography and reading Western history.
"When he left the Tribune, he went into teaching, and he loved that, too," his wife said. "He also took over publishing the newsletter that his Navy skipper had done. He was a very talented and versatile man." He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Boles; sons J Lloyd Boles Jr., of Dublin, and Elson Boles, of Michigan; daughter Leah Boles, of Castro Valley, several brothers, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Roy E, Boody Jr.
Roy E. Boody Jr. Sept. 2, 1927 ~ March 14, 2010 Resident of Moraga Roy E. Boody, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his family and dear friends. He had a long and distinguished career in the newspaper business. At age 14, he was a messenger for the Oakland Tribune and worked his way up to General Manager. He earned a degree at St. Mary's College of California and went on to become publisher of several other California News outlets before retiring. A mass will be held at St. Monica's Catholic Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga, at 11:00am on Thursday, March 18. A reception at the church will follow. Roy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Violet; his two children: Michael and his fiancé‚ Lori of Oceanside, CA, and Robin and her husband Tom of Oakland, CA; his sister Beatrice Gambetti; his grandchildren: Talia, Rachel, and Mateo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Our family is forever grateful to Maureen Fitzpatrick who gave Roy her time, love, and compassionate care without hesitation.
March 26, 1922 ~ June 19, 2008 Resident of Pleasanton, CA Mr. Bovey a 48 year resident of Pleasanton passed away peacefully on June 19, 2008 in Houston, Texas. Mr. Bovey joined the U.S Air force in 1942 during World War II, and then returned to his career in the newspaper and magazine industry. Mr. Bovey was honored for his 35 years as Principal Officer of Teamsters Local Union 96 of Oakland, and Local 296 of San Jose by lifelong friend Senator Barbara Boxer and her husband Stewart Boxer, who once wrote a tribute to Mr. Bovey and presented it to the House of Representatives. Mr. Bovey is preceded in death by his brother Carroll Bovey and step-daughter Brenda Pixley. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Gayle Bovey, his children; Ronald (Theresa) Bovey of San Jose, Caren (Jack) Coffey of Tucson, Dryden (Sam) McIntosh of California, Ken (Jeanie) McIntosh of Manteca Larry (Shirley) Allred of Livermore, Patricia (Ray) Cellar of Stockton, and numerous grandchildren and; great grandchildren. Special eulogy by Bill Ortman:
Elton Bovey played a very significant role in the history of the Bay Area newspapers for plus 40 years. To me he was a confident, an adversary and coworker. Most of all he was a dear friend.
In the early 50's when the Oakland Post Enquirer folded, Andy Stone, the Trib's circulation director hired the best of the Enquirers circulation talent which included Al Moss, Ben Brazil, Bill Davenport and others including Elton Bovey. As I recall Elton was appointed District Advisor in District A in San Leandro.
Bovey's circulation career was shot lived because Local 96 business agent, Ed Clancy, died. The union membership elected Bovey to replace Clancy.
The next 45 years Elton represented over 300 Tribune circulation employees, a job he performed in a very professional manner. He was highly respected by his co-union workers, the newspaper guild, the mechanical crafts, his own membership and the Trib's labor pro, Ed Landergan. But things were not easy for Elton in the early years. He was young and inexperienced and he had to deal with hardened, professional labor leaders. His biggest fear was the prospect of Local 96 being forced into a merger with a sister union by the International.
Elton and I had many disagreements, Hardly a week would pass without an exchange but at the days end we would find agreement and shake hands...and retire to the Mint Julep. It has been said by many including yours truly, The best thing that ever happened to Local 96 was Elton Bovey..May he rest in peace.
January 16, 2008 In San Carlos. He was 88 years old. Raised in Alameda and a graduate of Alameda High School, class of 1938. Moved, with wife Jean and 1 year old son, to Belmont in 1948. Survived by brother Richard of Alameda and sister Joann Wesleder of Hayward, 3 children; Jim of Kaneohe Hawaii, R. Gary of Alameda and Barbara Jean of Redding. A grandfather to 5 and great-grandfather to 3. Interment Skylawn Cementary. Howard worked for the Oakland Tribune in the Circulation Department “Home Delivery”
Former Oakland Tribune reporter and nationally known beer critic Bill Brand has died at
, nearly two weeks after being struck by a Muni Metro train near San Francisco General Hospital . Mr. Brand, 70, was hit at the intersection of King and Second streets on Feb 8, and died from injuries from the accident on February 20,2009 as he was walking toward a Muni platform to start the journey to his AT&T Park home after doing one of the things he loved most, covering a beer-tasting event. He went into a coma and never recovered. Mr. Brand was a fixture in the Berkeley news scene for more than 30 years. A fast, clever writer, he covered stories big and small with equal gusto - from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and Una bomber killings to writing a column about family life. East Bay
"Bill was a great writer, one of those old-school guys," said Oakland Tribune colleague Cecily Burt. "He could make anything interesting, and he was hysterically funny. He worked at newspapers in
, Alameda and Hayward before winding up in 1981 at what became his career bedrock, the Oakland Tribune. For many years he covered the Berkeley beat, and at the same time one of his foremost pleasures was writing about hand-crafted beer, which he began doing in the early 1980s when microbreweries became popular. Walnut Creek
James Read Brooks
(1924 - 2003)
Beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend James Read Brooks, 78 of Pasadena, passed away peacefully at sunset of heart disease at Huntington Memorial Hospital on May 11, 2003. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Helen, who passed away on April 27, 2003 of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). Born in Chicago on December 14, 1924, Jim fought valiantly in the U.S. Army in World World II in Germany in the 407th Infantry Division. After recuperating from serious war injuries in Springfield, Missouri, he returned to the University of Illinois where he fell in love with f ellow Daily Illini Sports Reporter Helen Green. He graduated with a Communications Degree in 1947. They were married Dec. 21, 1946 at North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago. In the late forties and early fifties, Jim worked as a reporter for the Chicago Herald-American, public relations manager for Needham, Louis and Brorby advertising agency, Chicago, and, director of public relations for Ecko Products Company, Chicago. In 1959, he and Mrs. Brooks bought The Gilbert Enterprise (Az) and launched his career a s a newspaper editor of weekly community newspapers in Arizona. Additionally, he purchased the Apache Sentinel, Copper Basin News, Superior Sun and Maryvale Times and South Phoenix Round-Up and incorporated as Brooks Newspapers Inc. Active in the journalism trade in the Phoenix area, Jim was president of Sigma Delta Chi and also the Arizona Newspaper Publishers Association. In 1967, he sold the chain of newspapers and moved to California where he worked as editor for several California newspapers: Fremont N ews-Register, Oakland Tribune, Hayward Daily Review, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Palm Springs Desert Sun. He retired from the Contra Costa Times as chief editorial writer and associate editor in 1989. He was a member of the Power Squadron and Disabled Veterans of America. He and his wife retired to the desert in 1989 and moved to Pasadena in 2001 to be closer to family. He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Leece of Costa Mesa and Diane and Patrick Dixon of Pasadena; grandchildren, Colleen Brooks Dixo n and Bret and Blithe Leece, Pasadena; Megan Leece, Huntington Beach, and Stephen, Amy and Emily Leece of Costa Mesa. His brother, Donald W., resides in Plainfield, Ill
Oct. 4, 1941- Nov. 22, 2001
Daily Review, The (Hayward, CA) - Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Once you got to be friends with George Brown, you were friends for life, those who knew him say. Brown fought fires in Fremont for three decades before becoming president of the Alameda County Fair Association's board of directors. He forged many friendships over the years, friendships that ended only when Brown died on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 60.
Born in Oakland, Brown and his wife Nancy moved to Pleasanton seven years ago. He died there on Thursday, , after a long battle with cancer.
Fremont Fire Department Chief Daniel Lydon met Brown when the two were in the third grade. They went through Marine Corps boot camp together in 1962 and later both worked in the circulation department at the Oakland Tribune before becoming a firefighter.
At a fire, George was the kind of guy that could bring compassion and a smile at the same time, Lydon remembers. He could come back to the firehouse after it was all over and maybe stare out the window for a few minutes, and then get right back on track. That balance is essential for a job like that.
Their friendship didn't suffer when Lydon became the fire chief and Brown the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 1689.
It worked out great, Lydon said. We didn't always agree, but it was always comforting to know the person on the other end of the phone, and that he was going to talk to you before that business was finished.
As a forward at Bishop O'Dowd High School, Jack Kavanagh played basketball against Brown.
He was a hell of a competitor, and a hell of a guy -- an Irishman to the core, Kavanagh said. If George was your friend, you had a friend forever.
September 16, 1906 - April 1, 1972
Emmons Byrne, The Oakland Tribune's baseball writer for 23 years through' 1967, and a 41-year chronicler of Bay Area sports, died Saturday at the age of 65 after a lengthy illness.
Byrne, who began his sports writing days in 1927 with the old Oakland Post-Enquirer, is survived by his wife Elsie,daughter Sally Church and two brothers, Joseph and Malcolm Byrne. He was the grandfather of D a v i d and Scott Church.
When Byrne began writing for the Post-Enquirer, a sports boom was hitting Oakland, with boxing, college football and baseball taking the headlines. Emmons took over the Oakland Oaks beat in 1936, and kept it until the team moved to Vancouver In 1956. He also covered Cal football.
Byrne, who had moved to The Tribune in 1944, took over the San Francisco Seals until 1958, when the New York Giants b r o u g h t the major leagues west.
Byrne covered the Giants until 1967, missing only part of the 1960 season when a stroke hospitalized him s e v e r a l months. Upon recovery, he was on the job non-stop until the 1967 season when a second stroke took him off the beat and forced him to retire in February of 1968. Byrne and his wife lived at 4001 Oakmore Road in Oakland. He was the son of a former South Dakota governor
Salvator F. "Sal" Campilongo entered peacefully into rest at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, on September 22, 2001. A native of Oakland, CA was born July 28, 1922. Sal worked for the Oakland Tribune for over 50 years starting as a pressman and working his way to assistant production director. Sal proudly served his country for 6 years in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a Boatswain's Mate 2c. Sal will be missed by many. He is the beloved husband of 53 years to Dorothy L. Campilongo, loving father of Gary A. Campilongo of Tracy. His caring and loving daughter Marlene M. Campilongo preceded him in death in 1994. He is also survived by his sisters Frances Spingolo of Stockton and Flora Blaich of San Lorenzo. His sister and brothers-in-law Madeline Pelosi, Mary Borghero, John Ghiglione and Peter Ghiglione, also many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Visitation for Sal will be held on Tuesday from 2PM to 8PM at Grissom's San Lorenzo Chapel/Mortuary, 267 Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo. A vigil service will be held on Tuesday at 7PM at the mortuary. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 AM at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, San Leandro. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. The family is requesting donations to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Nicholas "Nick" Allen Caporicci September 25, 1938-September 22, 2006 Nick passed away on Sept. 22, 2006, in his home with his wife and life partner of 28 years, Josephine, at his bedside in their home. Josephine was privileged to care for Nick in their home as he fought his courageous battle with lung cancer. Nick is now at peace and will be remembered by his daughter, Diana Clark and her husband Bill Clark; and sons, Christopher Caporicci and Rich Graves and his wife Nancy. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Will, Gabrielle and Hillary Clark, Ann-Marie Graves. He also leaves behind his brother Jack Caporicci and his wife Sue, and his many friends. Preceded in death by his parents Fred and Theresa Caporicci. Nick grew up in Oakland, CA, graduated Emery High School, and later received his BA in history from St. Mary's College while working at the Oakland Tribune in the Circulation dept. He later served as a probation officer for both Juvenile and Adult in Alameda County for 30 years. After his retirement he then became a court officer for Department 16 in Oakland, CA. He was also a member of the Hayward Elk Lodge, 1867, holding positions of past exhalted ruler and past district deputy. He loved his family and friends and was dedicated and loyal to those whom he loved. Nick was always willing to lend a helping hand, loved traveling and cooking with his wife, attending his granddaughter's softball games and hosting his Super Bowl parties with his buddies.
Arthur L. Chavez
1922 - 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Art Chavez, our much loved Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa on February 3, 2014 at the age of 91 after a long and full life. Art was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Frances, in 2011 and his son David in 2009. He will be forever remembered by his three daughters and their families: Mary Lelonde (Rick), Donna Campo (Alfred) and Anna Verbanac. Also by his precious grandchildren, Pam Billings (Tom), Debbie Webster (Dwayne), Angela and Nick Verbanac, Brian and Elysa Campo; and by his precious great-grandchildren: Ayden, Maverick, and Dahlia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Durango, Colorado on a small crop share farm. At age 14, Art joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Mesa Verde, Colorado. By age 16, he worked in the mines in both Colorado and Arizona and eventually moved to California with his sister, Margaret and her family. They ended up in Richmond where Art got a job in the shipyards. He joined the Merchant Marines during World War II and after the war he returned to Richmond and went to work at Andrew Williams Grocery Store, where he met Frances the love of his life. He worked for the Oakland Tribune for 34 years and retired in 1984.
Art was very active in his church and his children's school activities throughout many years in El Cerrito. He was a member of the YMI, ICF, SIRS, and Mira Vista Golf Club. He loved to travel and spend quality time with family and friends. He kept contact with everyone and was the conduit to keep all informed. He loved raising orchids, green beans, playing various card games and telling many stories.
Thank you, Dad. You lived your life full of love and much laughter. We will have a celebration of his life at the Vigil on Sunday, February 9th at 3:30pm at St Monica Catholic Church, 1001 Camino Pablo, Moraga. The funeral Mass will be held at the same location on Monday, February 10th at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hanna Boys Center.
April 5, 1909 – March 22, 1958
Art Cohn was an American sportswriter, screenwriter and author. Cohn was born in New York, New York. He was a sportswriter and sports editor for the Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) newspaper who published the sports column The Cohn-ing Tower. He also wrote for the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He was a controversial opinion writer of the time. He was a boxing fan. Art Cohn died on March 22, 1958 in the same plane crash that killed Broadway theatre and Hollywood film producer Mike Todd, pilot Bill Verner and co-pilot Tom Barclay. The twin-engine, 12-passenger Lockheed Lodestar crashed in bad weather in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico near Grants, New Mexico. Ironically Todd had named the plane The Lucky Liz after wife Elizabeth Taylor. Cohn was writing Mike Todd's biography, The Nine Lives of Mike Todd, which was finished by Cohn's wife and released by Random House in 1958.
Lloyd "Ted" James Conkel Resident of San Lorenzo Born August 22, 1927 passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on June 3rd, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife Natalie M. Vukmirovich-Conkel, daughter Janine Henry (Tom Henry) of Elk Grove, daughter Nanette Conkel (John Cabral) of Pleasant Hill, son David Conkel of Alameda; and preceded in death by son Mark. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brendan Wild, Ashley and Ariel Conkel, and Kathryn and James Henry. Also survived by beloved family members Lee and Anita Fawcett, Milosh and June Vukmirovich, JoAnn Radke; and preceded in death by Vera Vukmirovich. And also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA son of Lloyd J. and Helen Edna Conkel, and brother of Tad. He served in the United States Navy. He was employed 42 years by the Oakland Tribune. He was a member of the Crow Canyon Masonic Lodge. He loved the outdoors, loved to garden and enjoyed traveling. Yosemite was one of his favorite places.
Martin J. Cooney
April 14, 1913 April 8, 1996
West County Times (Richmond, CA) - Sunday, April 21, 1996
Martin J. Cooney, a retired professional photographer, died of pneumonia and emphysema on April 8 at his home in Loveland, Colo. He was 83.
The Decatur, Ill., native was a 46-year resident of El Cerrito before moving to Colorado in 1992. Locally, he worked as a photographer for the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Berkeley Gazette. In 1963, he opened his own commercial studio at Jack London Square in Oakland. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Millikin Alumni Association and the National Press Photographer Association.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Cooney of Loveland; daughters, Patricia J. Estergard of Loveland, Nancy J. Cooney of Oakland and Martha J. Cooney of New York City; brother, Harry G. Cooney of Decatur; and three grandchildren.
Services: Were held in Loveland, Colo.
Mylo Gibson Cox
May 3, 1908 Dec. 30, 1996
San Ramon Valley Times (CA) - Friday, January 3, 1997
Mylo Cox, a former Pleasanton resident, died Monday. He was 88.
The native of California served in National Guard. He was a printer and typesetter for the Oakland Tribune, Berkeley Gazette and Pacific Typographic Service. He retired in 1980 and started Data-Scan Typesetting. He was a member of Alisal Masonic Lodge in Pleasanton. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and electronics.
Survivors include Lillian Cox, his wife of 26 years; daughters Marilyn Lee of Palo Alto, Melody Taylor of San Jose and Cindy Repose of Livermore; sons, Mel Cox of Pleasanton and Pat Cox of Utah; sister, Zona Gayle Carlsen of Oakland; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Geraldine Cox, his first wife, in 1969.
Bill Crouch; Editorial Photographer dies December 27, 1997. Bill Crouch, who won a Pulitzer Prize for photography at The Oakland Tribune for his 1950 picture of a near collision between two aircraft, has died at 82. Bill served in the US Marine Corp 1941-1945. He joined the staff at the The Oakland Tribune in 1945 until his retirement in 1984. Crouch, who retired in 1984, died Saturday of cancer at his home in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 110 miles east of San Francisco. Crouch joined the newspaper in 1941, left shortly thereafter to serve with the Marines in World War II, then returned in 1945. While off duty one day in 1950, Crouch was attending an Air Show. He was trying to get an artistic shot of a stunt plane when things went horribly wrong. A B-29 Super fortress that was to be part of the show came in to the area too early and missed the wing of a stunt plane flown by Chet Derby by five feet. With little time to spare, Crouch took the famous shot of Derby’s plane as it flew upside down and barely missed the wing of the B-29. Crouch was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his efforts. (Go to historical view page of our website to see photo.)
Charles H. Cruttenden
Charles H. Cruttenden, a longtime Bay Area news reporter and former legislative advocate for Alameda County, died of heart failure Monday Jan 8, 2000 in Sacramento. He was 77.
In the 1950s and '60s, he worked as a reporter, writer and editor at the San Jose News, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Examiner and KGO-TV Channel 7. In 1968, he switched careers and became Alameda County's legislative advocate, a position he held for almost two decades.
Mr. Cruttenden was born in St. Paul, Minn. He was enrolled at Hamline University in St. Paul when the United States entered World War II. He joined the Navy in 1943, served in the South Pacific and was discharged in 1946. He then worked for several newspapers: the weekly LaGrange Citizen in suburban Chicago, the Daily Times of Hammond, Ind., and the San Rafael Independent, now called the Marin Independent Journal.
Mr. Cruttenden served as a news correspondent for the Chicago Herald- American, the San Francisco Call-Bulletin and the Chicago Daily News. By the time he became a general assignment reporter for the San Jose News he was a husband, homeowner and father of three children. He moved to the Berkeley hills and took a job with the Oakland Tribune.
As a Tribune reporter, Mr. Cruttenden covered one of Alameda's most infamous murder trials. He wrote about the conviction of Burton Abbott, who was later executed for the murder of a Berkeley schoolgirl behind the Claremont Hotel.
His last newspaper job was at the former Examiner, where he was dispatched to cover the showdown between the University of Mississippi and federal troops over James Meredith's admission in 1962. He was later promoted to city desk editor. Mr. Cruttenden switched to television after the 1965 joint operating agreement between the Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. Three years later, he became a Sacramento lobbyist for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. He became an expert on county issues. Mr. Cruttenden is survived by three children, Peter of Pleasanton and Jeffrey of Oakland, . His wife of 52 years, the former Audrey Wolfe, a St. Paul school classmate, died in 1999.
He was a Master Mason of the 33rd Degree, a horseman, marksman and outdoors man, his family said. He was a longtime resident of Berkeley, Pleasant Hill and, most recently, Twain Harte. His family said he built his cabin by hand and that was a labor of love. He was a loving uncle, his family added. Mr. Feduloff is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Alexandra Saunders-Kubic and Bob Kubic, both of Berkeley; nieces, Claudia Evers and Alexandra Saunders, both of Danville; and nephews, Bruce and Greg Feduloff, both of Berkeley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mimi; his mother, Nadia; an aunt, Katia; and a brother, Nicholas.
Robert Cuthbertson Jr.
Robert Cuthbertson Jr., 74, a veteran East Bay journalist who covered the racial and political upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970s for the Oakland Tribune, died January 30, 1998 of cancer. Mr. Cuthbertson, who retired in 1985 after more than 40 years in newspapers, left a solid reputation for journalistic accuracy and unflappability during times of crisis.
His journalistic experience included tours of duty as a copyboy, rewrite man, reporter-photographer and editor during stints at three Bay Area newspapers. His legacy has got to be his work during the late 1960s, particularly -- all the turbulence, rumors, fear and demonstrations,'' said Roy Grimm, a longtime friend and colleague at the Oakland Tribune. He was one of the people who kept Oakland from exploding due to racial conflict because he was very careful in his coverage and never printed gossip or rumors about what was happening.''
Mr. Cuthbertson was born in Richmond on May 10, 1923, and attended local public schools, graduating from Richmond High School in 1941. After attending San Francisco City College, he was hired as a copy carrier at the San Francisco Examiner. He worked there for about a year before landing a reporting job at the Richmond Independent, a daily newspaper.
A few years later, he went to work for the Oakland Tribune, where his aggressive reporting style and good police contacts won the admiration of his colleagues. He was absolutely rock solid. He was sure of everything that was in the stories he printed,'' Grimm said.
Later, Mr. Cuthbertson held a variety of desk jobs at the Tribune, and in 1973, he was appointed the paper's city editor, a job which he held until his retirement in 1985. His tenure was a period that saw many major news stories, including the slaying of Oakland schools chief Marcus Foster, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, the fall of the Black Panther Party, two federal racketeering trials of Hells Angels members, three Oakland Athletics' World Series wins and two Oakland Raiders' Super Bowl victories.
During all of it, Mr. Cuthbertson remained cool and calm, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues. He wasn't smooth and polished,'' said Grimm. He wouldn't fit the corporate newspaper mold. He was an old- fashioned newspaper man.''
Mr. Cuthbertson's wife, Dorothy, died in 1987. He is survived by a son, Douglas S. Cuthbertson of San Francisco, and a daughter, Roberta Jane Giari of Alamo. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Nancy Carol David
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Saturday, August 26, 2006
Died August 23, 2006 at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. She was 64. Nancy worked at the Oakland Tribune in the Advertising Dept.
Nancy devoted her life to loving her family and friends. She tirelessly gave her whole heart to everyone around her. She was our inspiration, our joy, and our hero.
She is survived by her father, Doyle Cole of Hayward, her loving husband and best friend of 42 years Robert David, her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Nelly David of Tracy, her daughter and son-in-law Holly and Tim Sneddon of Livermore, her daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Ty Cuthbertson of Alameda and her grandchildren,; Caitlyn, Rachel, Michelle, Morgan, Noah, Nicholas, Joy, Tina, Bobby and Courtney. She was blessed to have the support and love of her brother, J.C., her step-sister, Nancy, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Family and friends are welcomed to a visitation Monday, August 28, from 2:00 PM -8:00 PM at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave, Alameda. A Celebration of her Life will be Tuesday, August 29, 1:00 PM at the Greer Family Chapel, interment immediately following. For further information please call:
Greer Family Mortuary.
Darrell Dsire Debo
Born April 17, 1938 - March 7, 2005 Born in Oakland to Des and Jill DeBo. Attended St. Cyril's Grammar School and graduated from Bishop O'Dowd, Class of 1956. Loving spouse of Judy for 45 years. Loving father of Darrell L., Daniel B., Kim, and also leaves behind two grandchildren, daughter-in-law Leslee, nieces and nephews. Darrell's most proud achievements were playing on Bishop O'Dowd's baseball team. There are still home run records at O'Dowd that have not been broken that he made. He retired in 2002 from Superior Coffee. Darrell also put some time in working in the Circulation dept. Oakland Tribune.
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Sunday, March 21, 1993
SAN FRANCISCO -- Harre Wilkins Demoro, a longtime San Francisco Bay area transportation reporter and railroad historian, died during heart surgery. He was 53.
Demoro died while undergoing heart valve surgery at Alta Bates Medical Center on Friday.
Demoro most recently was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and focused on transportation issues. He joined the Chronicle in 1981 after working at several other local newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News, the San Leandro Morning News and the Oakland Tribune.
His main interest was transportation, especially railroad history. He wrote 12 books on the subject, including a pictorial history of San Francisco Bay area railroads. The book is scheduled to go on sale soon.
Demoro is survived by his wife, Jo Murray; a daughter; a sister; four nieces; and a nephew.
John Lane Dengel
Oct. 21, 1916 - March 31, 1999
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Friday, April 2, 1999
John Dengel, a journalist for the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, died in Pleasant Hill. He was 82. The native of New York lived in Benicia for 20 years.
Education: Ohio University. Affiliations and hobbies: St. Paul Episcopal Church in Benicia; travel. Military: Army Air Corps.
Survivors: Wife of 19 years, Lorraine; daughters, Cristy Blackburn of Martinez and Penny Boydstun of Irvine; stepdaughters, Kerry Lenihan of Corona and Laurie Clendenen of Fortuna; stepsons, Paul Nelson of Fortuna and Bruce Nelson of London; and four grandchildren
Robert (Bob) Distefano
September 29, 1934- January 6,1997
Robert (Bob) Distefano, a longtime Bay Area journalist, died yesterday January 6, 1997 of sudden internal bleeding at the age of 62.
Mr. Distefano was born and raised in Johnstown, Pa., began his career as a reporter for the Daily Advertiser newspaper in Lafayette, La. There, he met his wife, Lettie, a proofreader. He later worked at the Shreveport (La.) Times.
He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California at Los Angeles and later served in the Air Corps. In 1966, he spent a year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he had won a journalism fellowship.
The next year, Mr. Distefano was hired by the Oakland Tribune, where he worked for 14 years.
In 1982, he bought the weekly Redwood City Almanac, serving as reporter, editor and publisher. His wife wrote feature articles and columns.
He was known for covering local issues in great detail, often publishing lengthy transcripts of heated city council meetings. He also ran twice for the City Council in Redwood City, promising to cover his own candidacy fairly.
Mr. Distefano underwent heart surgery twice in the past three years. Hours before his death, he was busy writing headlines for his paper. He died shortly after midnight at Sequoia Hospital.
''His dream was to own his own weekly paper, and at least he realized that dream,'' his wife said yesterday.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Distefano is survived by a brother, Anthony Distefano, and a sister, Carmela Page, both of Johnstown, Pa.
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Thursday, September 30, 2004
Perry Donati, Long time Oakland Tribune Employee and resident of Concord, passed away September 28, 2004 in Walnut Creek. Dearly beloved husband of Gwladys Donati of 42 years. Loving father of Bob Donati (Leslie) and Susan McInerney (Michael). Dear brother of the late Aimee Carrai and Julia Quintal. Devoted grandfather of Marla, Hillary, Jessica and Allison and great-grandfather of Benjamin and Nicole.
Over the years Perry enjoyed golf, reading and gardening. A native of Occidental, CA, age 85 years.
Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service celebrating his life on Friday, October 1, 2004 at 12:00 noon at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. Burial following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. Visitation begins Thursday from noon-8pm. Santos Robinson Mortuary.
Charles “Chuck” Doran
July 12, 1944 - May 20, 2013
Long time Oakland Tribune employee and Tribune G0-Getters member passed away unexpectedly May 20, 2013 at his home in Pleasanton Ca. He was 68.
Chuck was born July 12, 1944 in Oakland. Chuck served his country in Vietnam and he later worked for many years in the circulation department of the Oakland Tribune and was a member of the Teamsters Local 96 union. He was loved by many for his great sense of humor and dry wit. Chuck in the years after the Tribune worked in the Real Estate industry in Pleasanton. He is survived by 3 children, 1 brother, 1 sister & several grandchildren.
Respecting Chuck’s thoughts on funerals and memorials, his family has decided none will be held.
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Saturday, August 21, 2004
James Douthit, a longtime Oakland Tribune reporter who loved to research people and places, died Aug. 12 at his home in South San Francisco from congestive heart failure, family members said. He was 80.
Mr. Douthit was born April 16, 1924, in Portland, Ore., and grew up there and in The Dalles. He attended the University of Oregon and University of Portland. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, mostly in the Pacific Theater.
His dreams of becoming a pilot were quashed when he contracted malaria, son Scott Douthit of South San Francisco said. So he picked up photography when he returned to the United States and took courses at the Northwest School of Photography. That sparked his lifelong passion for picture-taking.
"He was always taking pictures, pictures were part of his life," Scott Douthit said. He said the family is packing up a large portion of his father's extensive collection of shots of Alaska to send to a library in Juneau.
Mr. Douthit began his journalism career in Fairbanks, Alaska, as a photographer and reporter. There he met Florence Strand, a fellow reporter. The couple married in 1954 and had four children.
The next few years, Mr. Douthit worked as a photographer and reporter in Long Beach; Boise, Idaho; Yakima, Wash.; and Portland. In 1959, the family came to Berkeley.
"They were trying to find an area to support two writers, including a woman writer," his son said. "So they were looking for a progressive area and decided on the Bay Area."
Mr. Douthit started work as a general assignment reporter at the Tribune that same year. His wife became a reporter for the Berkeley Daily Gazette.
Mr. Douthit "loved to research things," his son said, including people of all kinds. Family members say Mr. Douthit loved meeting people and listening to their stories.
He also extensively researched Bay Area maritime history, a topic he loved, family said. For many years, he'd travel local waterways on his Chinese junk. The family would live on the junk in the summer, Scott Douthit said.
Mr. Douthit retired early in 1988 to take care of his ailing wife.
About 10 years ago, he moved to South San Francisco to be closer to family.
Mr. Douthit was "a big activist and great volunteer," his son said. For many years, he volunteered with Second Harvest in South San Francisco and the Sempervirens Fund in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
In addition to son Scott, Mr. Douthit is survived by another son, Shelton; daughter Sally; and four grandchildren. His wife, Florence, and another son, Sean, preceded him in death.
Phillip Joseph Doyle
Philip Joseph Doyle In Moraga, May 18, 2008. Born March 1, 1918, to a farming family in the small town of Neola, IA. There he met his wife of 57 years, Patricia Jane "Paddy" Cole. The couple were childhood sweethearts and later devoted husband and wife. After graduating from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, he hitchhiked out to California to see Paddy who was attending Dominican College, San Rafael, and convinced her to marry him. After joining the Marine Corps to serve in WWII, and postponing their wedding three times, he and Paddy were married in Oakland on a three-day furlough in 1943. He was wounded during the invasion of Tarawa and was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds and Silver Star for his heroic actions. After the war he graduated from Boalt Hall Law School, UC Berkeley, and practiced his profession for nearly 60 years in Oakland. A longtime resident of Oakland until losing the home he had designed and built to the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm. Active in his community, he established group homes and supported-living residences for the developmentally disabled in the East Bay. Preceded in death by his beloved wife in 2000. Survived by his loving daughter Sharon Quigley (Donald); son, Christopher Doyle; granddaughter, Tracey Holden (Jamie); grandsons, Timothy Quigley (Tammy) and Patrick Quigley (Sherry); great-grandson, Tanner Quigley; great-granddaughters, Tiffany Quigley, Alyssa Quigley and "PJ" Holden; and sisters, Dolors Waltz and Mary Ellen Hagendorn. Information we have is Phillip worked in the Circulation Dept at the Oakland Tribune for some time while working through college and was close friends with Bill Ortman.
Beverly Mitchell Druley
1934 – April 27, 1990
Born 1934 in Arkansas to Edward and Opal Mitchell Died April 27 1990. She was 56. Beverly married Nicholas E. Druley in 1965 while living in Alameda Ca. She then divorced Mr. Druley in 1977 on Record in California court records. Beverly earned a degree in Journalism from The University of California. Worked many years as Education writer and had her own column for the Oakland Tribune. Bev Mitchell a staunch supporter of education took on all the tough issues of the day in regards to education in her column. She later moved to Chico CA then to Mooresville NC where she died. No obituary on record. Information obtained through genealogy records and 1940 census records to verify Identification. We have a 90% confidence on this info and we will continue searching for more detailed information.
By Rick Faller
James Oliver Dunning
August 8, 1931 - September 16, 1992
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, September 18, 1992
James Oliver Dunning, the director of newsprint and purchasing at the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, who died Wednesday at his home in Clayton. Mr. Dunning was 61.
Mr. Dunning, a descendant of the early California land grant Carrillo family, was a veteran of the Korean War.
Before working at the Newspaper Agency, which handles the non editorial functions of The Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner, Mr. Dunning worked for the Oakland Tribune. He was a longtime member of the Newspaper Purchasing Management Association. In 1991, he received the association's highest award, recognizing his outstanding contributions.
Mr. Dunning is survived by his wife, Jean Dunning of Clayton; a daughter, Leslie Dix of Walnut Creek; and two grandchildren.
Services begin at noon at the Redwood Chapel at Oakmont Memorial Park, and the burial will be at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette.
William E Eaton
San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Wednesday, May 3, 1989
Veteran newspaper reporter William Eaton, whose career included working for papers in Reno, Sacramento and Oakland, died at his home Monday of a heart attack. He was 59. Eaton was a reporter for the Reno Evening Gazette from 1955 to 1959 and worked for the Sacramento Union from 1959 to 1961, the year he joined the Tribune in Oakland. He was also chairman of the Oakland Unit of the Newspaper Guild from 1973 to 1980.
June 6, 1925 - January 14, 2012
Dorothy was born June 6, 1925 and joined Our Lord on January 14, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. She did not want surgery or any treatment and decided to "Let nature take its course." Her friends were with her to the end.
Dorothy started to work at the Oakland Tribune in 1966 and immediately became a beloved member of our Circulation family. After her retirement she kept herself busy volunteering at the Oakland Museum, taking German classes, and piano lessons, and serving lunch at a Senior Center. She loved gardening and taking care of animals, especially dogs, cats and birds. She was also an active member of the Church of the Cross.
Dorothy had a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed spending time with friends over lunch or on the phone. We will miss her sunny disposition, always positive outlook, and encouragement.
Dorothy's memorial service: Tuesday, February 14th, 2:00 PM at Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710. Burial will be 9:30 AM at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito.
Submitted by Pat Krist / Eda Dotzek
John I. Feduloff
Born: October 15, 1921 passed away on September 3, 2004 in Sonora, Ca he was 83. A Longtime Twain Harte resident John Feduloff died Friday at a Walnut Creek hospital. He was born in Berkeley. He served with his brother in the U.S. Army during World War II, after which he worked at the Oakland Tribune for 45 years. John Served as Country Circulation manager for many of those years
John R Felts Sr.
John R Felts Sr. died of natural causes Sunday 6/24/1997. He was 81. Born Jan. 24, 1916 in McKeesport, Pa. Mr. Felts lived in Tracy for two years at the time of his death, after living in Jamestown for 12 years. He worked as district advisor in the circulation dept. for the Oakland Tribune for 30 years, and retired at 62.
He grew up in a large family with a single mom. His father died when he was 8. He helped support his family. He met his wife at her father’s roller skating ring in 1936. The following Tuesday they were engaged, and a week later married. His wife was 16 and he was 21.
During his retirement they owned a home on Tulloch Lake where the family spent the summers. He was a member of the Tracy Elks, Sonora Elks and the Tracy Senior Group.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marguerite Felts of Tracy, John R. Felts Jr. of Fremont, Donald W. Felts of Tracy, Sister Eleanor Tomko of McKeesport, Pa. 4 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
July 10, 1948 - Sept 16. 1990
FERNANDEZ, ANGEL D., 42, of San Francisco and formerly of Tampa, died Sunday (Sept. 16, 1990) in San Francisco. He was born in Tampa and moved to Chicago in 1970 and to San Francisco in 1980. He was a newspaper editor employed by the Chicago Sun Times and the Oakland Tribune. He was a Berkeley Preparatory School graduate and charter member. He was a graduate of Notre Dame University in Indiana. Survivors include his father, Lawrence Fernandez, Oldsmar; his mother, Bernice Lastra; four brothers, Larry Fernandez Jr., Joseph Fernandez, Philip Yancey and Andre Fernandez; and two sisters, Mary Ann Connelly and Angela Mitchell. Garden of Memories-Myrtle Hill Funeral Home, Tampa.
Mr. Finney died July 22, 2003 of respiratory failure in Westminster Ca, He was 79.
"He was one hell of a newsman. He didn't get rattled. He was demanding and fair," said Roy Grimm, a former managing editor of the Oakland Tribune who worked alongside Mr. Finney for more than 20 years. "He was one tough Marine, a real adversary in an argument."
However, he added, Mr. Finney always "somehow retained an underlying charm he had."
Mr. Finney was born May 24, 1924, in Durant, Okla., and grew up in Phoenix, one of 10 children. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served three years in the South Pacific, fighting at Guadalcanal, Munda and Bougainville, where he was injured.
In 1948, he married Eleanor Phillips, and the couple moved to the Bay Area, where he enrolled at UC Berkeley. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in journalism and went from editor of the Daily Cal to a job as a copy reader with the Tribune. In the course of the next 27 years, he worked in a number of positions in the newsroom, including picture editor, assistant news editor and managing editor.
They were tumultuous years, with some of the biggest stories happening right in the paper's neighborhood: the Free Speech Movement; the anti-war protests of the 1960s and '70s; Huey Newton and the rise and fall of the Black Panthers; the 1973 murder of Oakland Schools Superintendent Marcus Foster, which was the prologue to the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army; the Hells Angels.
In 1967, Mr. Finney won the California Newspaper Publishers Association "Best Front Page" award.
Mr. Fiset died May 2, 2004 at the age of 83 at the Villa San Miguel nursing home in Walnut Creek after a long illness. "He was tall, lean and handsome, and he dressed well," said television reporter Bob MacKenzie, who worked with Mr. Fiset for a time at the Tribune. "He had a lot of style for a newspaperman. If he saw you wearing a light jacket in the winter, he'd say 'rushing the season, aren't we?' But his impeccable sartorial style belied his hard-nosed ability get a story, and Mr. Fiset, long before he became a columnist, covered many of the high-profile cases of the 1950s and 1960s tied to such infamous names as Burton Abbott, Caryl Chessman, Barbara Graham and the Mountain Murder Mob.
Mr. Fiset was born in Seattle and educated at Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington. During World War II, he went to North Africa to join the American Field Service, the volunteer civilian-operated ambulance service that transported wounded soldiers to field hospitals. In the spring of 1942, he resigned from the ambulance service and joined the British 8th Army, serving as a machine-gunner defending convoys from enemy bombers.
In the fall, he left the British Army to return to the United States where he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a blimp pilot in Airship Patrol Squadron 32, flying submarine-spotting missions out of Moffett Naval Air Station in Santa Clara County. After the war, Mr. Fiset took up newspapering, first at the Oakland Post- Enquirer, then at the San Francisco Call-Bulletin. By 1952, he had joined the Oakland Tribune, where he would stay for the rest of his career.
In 1956, Mr. Fiset started writing the Tribune's first TV column and was so popular that he was invited to do walk-on parts on such shows as "Route 66" and "Tales of Wells Fargo." Six years later, Mr. Fiset was given a general-interest column at the Tribune and, as MacKenzie put it, referring to The Chronicle's late columnist, "he always felt he was in Herb Caen's shadow. He knew that if anyone had a great item, they'd be more likely to call Herb Caen, and that kind of annoyed him." Nonetheless, MacKenzie said, Mr. Fiset "developed his own local characters, like Bozo Miller, a local businessman who once ate a turkey and called it 'a snack.' While he was doing the column, his past days of covering the Bay Area's arch criminals -- such as child killers -- stuck with Mr. Fiset, and he decided to do something about it. He wrote two public service booklets -- "This is Sherry" and "Want to Be Smart" -- to "warn children and parents about the dangers of kidnapping and child sex offenders," Mr. Fiset's son Gary Fiset said.
The Tribune distributed the books free, all over the world. The FBI commended Mr. Fiset's work as "a graphic message which may mean the difference between life and death for countless youngsters." Police departments in the United States and Canada ordered thousands of copies.
In addition to his column, Mr. Fiset kept his hand in the news business, and in 1973 he filed an eyewitness account of the crash of a supersonic Soviet Tu-144 plane at the Paris Air Show. He also wrote about the airlift of children from Vietnam, orchestrated by Ed Daly, the owner of World Airways.
After his retirement in 1983, Mr. Fiset played a lot of golf and would socialize with other retired newspaper people. In addition to his son, Gary, of Alamo, Mr. Fiset is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Marion Fiset of Walnut Creek; another son, Rick Fiset of Danville; a daughter, Michele Fiset Rice of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.
Steven Alan Fleming
October 28, 1951 - November 15, 2012
Steven Alan Fleming Oct. 28, 1951 - Nov. 15, 2012 Resident of Oakland CA Steven Alan Fleming peacefully went home to be with the Lord at the age of 61 on Thurs. morning of Nov. 15, 2012 with his loving wife, Stephanie, by his side. He was born to the late Wilbur John Fleming Jr. and Benedict Batiste Fleming on October 28, 1951. Steven was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1970 where he played basketball and later went on to play at Merritt Junior College and Weber State University in Utah. Steven retired in May 2006 after 30 years of working in the newspaper industry. Steven fought a fierce fight with cancer, which is only a testament to his physical, mental, and spiritual strength. He never let his illness hinder his will to continue to enjoy life. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving and devoted wife of 31 years Stephanie; his son Steven II; his daughters Stacy and Sydney; his grandson Dominic; his mother Benedict Fleming; his brothers Wilbur Fleming III and Mark Fleming; his sister Pamela Shepherd (Warren). To leave remarks for the family, go to ww.stevenfleming.memory-of.com. Quiet hour will be held at Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home, Fri., Nov. 23rd from 6:30-7:30pm. Homegoing Service will be held Saturday at 11am at New Hope Baptist Church on Market and 36th. Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home FD-443 (510) 654-8558
Thomas G. Flynn, 67, a press secretary to former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto and later a senior vice president for public relations at Bechtel Corp., died Sunday November 21, 2004 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Dixon, Calif. A former journalist who reported on the Vietnam War for the Oakland Tribune, Flynn was on a congressional staff before joining Alioto's staff. He later served as executive secretary of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission.
Flynn joined Bechtel as assistant manager of public relations in 1976. After an accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in March 1979, he was transferred to Pennsylvania to serve as a consultant to General Public Utilities Nuclear Corp., owner of Three Mile Island, to help develop new public relations programming and staff. Bechtel had been brought in by General Public Utilities to help clean up damaged Unit 2, which had been designed and built by Babcock & Wilcox.
Flynn returned to San Francisco in 1980."He became an important member of a senior communications team for the nuclear industry dealing with the communications challenges of keeping nuclear power viable," said Larry Thomas of Irvine Co., who worked with Flynn at Bechtel. "He was ... excellent at press relations, a superb writer and a fearless advocate for those who employed him."
San Francisco's Bay City News Service reported today that Dick Fogel, co-founder with his wife of the service, died Wednesday September 9, 2009 in Thousand Oaks.Born April 29, 1923, in Santa Monica, California, Richard Fogel, known to friends and colleagues as "Dick," was the younger of two sons of Moe Miller Fogel and Syndie Aileen Gardner Fogel. In 1948, Fogel moved to Oakland, Calif., and joined the Oakland Tribune as a copy editor. Over the next three decades he worked his way up through the company, being promoted to night editor, city night editor, news editor, Sunday editor, assistant managing editor, managing editor, and executive editor. Throughout his career, Fogel garnered numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including the James Madison Freedom of Information Career Achievement Award (1989), the Public Service Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Administration of Justice from the State Bar Association of California (1975), the Contra Costa Press Club Award (1970), and the Editor and Publisher Newspaper Promotion Award (1967). Fogel is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marcia Fogel; daughter Vicki Fogel Mykles (Don Mykles); sons Richard Henry Fogel, Jr. (Marilyn Morrison) and Jonathan Miller Fogel; and grandchildren Rebecca Morrison Fogel, Christopher Kjell Mykles, and Andrew Morrison Fogel.
Wilson Keene (Bud) Foster
Born October 27, 1914 in Seattle, Washington, died July 2, 1988 in San Mateo, Ca.. He was 73. Bud worked for KLX Radio owned for three decades by Joseph R. Knowland, owner and publisher of the Oakland Tribune. He was the announcer on Bob Hope and Duffy's Tavern shows. His long career included time behind the mike announcing for the Oakland, Oaks, and Oakland A’s, SF 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
Bud grew up with ambitions of being a third baseman. He had a tryout with the Rainiers in 1932--but didn't stick--then spent a couple of years at Pacific University in Oregon. In 1934, Foster started in radio. That called him to Alaska, where at 23, he became the youngest station manager in North America. Bud managed two radio stations in Alaska. He built and operated Station KFAR in Fairbanks until the war came.
Retained as a War Correspondent with NBC from ‘43 to ‘45, he covered the Aleutian Islands Campaign. He was the only reporter on record to fly bombing missions over Japan from both the Aleutians and Marianas. Then Foster, covering the Marines, hit Iwo Jima and Okinawa on respective D-Days. The war ended for him in Okinawa, where he was wounded and hospitalized. He came back in late 1945 and took over the Oakland Broadcasting job, where he is immensely popular. Broadcasting that operated out of the Oakland Tribune tower for 30 years. In 1959 The Oakland Tribune sold the station.
Ailish Elizabeth Fox
August 11, 1931 - April 5, 2012
Deceased Name: Ailish Elizabeth Fox Born August 11, 1931 died April 5, 2012 In San Leandro, California.
Born in Dublin, Ireland and resided in California since 1964. She was a 25 year employee of the Oakland Tribune. Ailish, a devote Roman Catholic, loved her God and her family, was so creative, a master of knitting, gardening and baking, especially known for her Irish apple pie and Christmas pudding. She was predeceased by her loving parents Kathleen and John, her sister Anne and her brothers Sean and Tom Kirwan and her beloved husband Eugene Fox. Ailish is survived by her adoring children Paul, Linda, Ian and Phillip, her grandchildren Collin Fox, Owen Fox, Caitlin Fox, Kelsea Fox, Bryce Nordgren and Bjorn Nordgren also Brent Nordgren, Diana Fox and Nicole Fox and her beloved brother Noel Kirwan. The Catholic Rosary and Celebration of Mass will be held Monday April 9, 2012 10:30 am Rosary followed by Mass at 11:00 am, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA. Family and Friends reception immediately following Mass.
Millard (Bert) Frazier
January 31, 1902 - January 11, 1991
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, January 18, 1991
Millard (Bert) Frazier, a veteran of the labor wars of the 1930s and a founder of the Northern California Newspaper Guild. Mr. Frazier, who was 88, died last Friday in Danville of cancer. In later years when reporters and editors began referring to themselves as journalists, Mr. Frazier still insisted on being called a "newspaperman."
He risked being fired and blackballed from newspapering by the Hearst Corp. - which owned the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Call-Bulletin - for his attempts in 1934 to form Local 52 of the Newspaper Guild, a union of writers, editors, photographers and clerical employees.
While at the old Call-Bulletin, Mr. Frazier covered the violent San Francisco waterfront strike of 1934. He was the first reporter to reach the body of Howard S. Sperry, one of the union members killed July 5, 1934, "Bloody Thursday." The killing led to a general strike.
He worked at a number of other papers including the San Francisco Examiner, the defunct Berkeley Daily Gazette as well as the Oakland Tribune. He retired in 1976.
A native of Dallas, Mr. Frazier was a graduate of Vallejo High School and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a member of the Timbran fraternity for 70 years and publisher of the Timbran Times for the past six years.
He also coached Babe Ruth baseball teams and was a member of the Sierra Club.
His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret, a son, Lance, sisters Freddie Baker and Juanita Merriam of Pioneer, a brother, Dumah of Oakland, two grandsons and two great-grandsons.
August 7, 1934 - March 18, 2005
Geraldine "Gerry" Fregoso, 70, passed away peacefully in Pinole on March 18, 2005. She was the beloved wife of Peter L. Fregoso, Sr.; loving and devoted mother to Susan Nagy, Janet Prophett, Peter Fregoso, Jr., and Matthew Fregoso; cherished grandmother to Angelina Prophett, Elle Fregoso, and Luke and Lola Fregoso; much loved mother-in-law to Robert G. Nagy, Stewart Prophett, Chimei Fregoso, and Yvonne J. Lee; dear sister to Margy Hoblit and dearly loved daughter of Aloysius and Florence Dalton (deceased). A native San Franciscan of Irish descent, Gerry attended St. James Grammar School, the Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA) High School and Holy Names College in Oakland. She met and married our father in 1958 and recently celebrated 47 years of marriage. Our parents moved from San Francisco to Pinole in 1967 to raise us in the quiet of the suburbs. As soon as youngest son Matt started first grade, she decided the suburbs were too quiet and obtained her first newspaper job and quickly found her calling. She started writing a weekly family column for a two-page newspaper that eventually became the West County Times. She later served as managing editor and helped build the paper's reputation in the community. Her career then advanced to the Oakland Tribune, where she worked in various editorial positions. She retired in 2003, finishing her career at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her high standards, pithy comments and ability to turn a phrase became her hallmark in the world of journalism. She loved her work and looked upon her colleagues as her extended family. Our mother possessed a great intelligence and introduced us to the love and pleasure of reading, writing, cooking, and travel and adventure. She instilled in all of us the values we hold dear, and without her our lives will never be the same. We will always remember her as the great influencer of our lives. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends whom she held in high esteem and regard..
Bernard A. (Bud)Fromme
Bernard A. (Bud) Fromme Oct. 31, 1919 ~ Nov. 22, 2010 Resident of Antioch Bud, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, LouiseWWII he spent his career in the newspaper business that included employment with the Oakland Tribune. At Bud's request there will be no memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Albert Jacob Freitas
Albert Jacob Freitas Resident of Concord, California October 31, 1922- July 26, 2007 Albert passed away peacefully on July 26th at the age of 84. Al is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He proudly served as a radioman and supervisor, sending and receiving code messages in World War II. He received a good conduct medal, two stars, and victory medal and was honorably discharged in 1945. He had many fascinating stories about his service days, including an attack on his ship by a Japanese Kamikaze pilot. Al was born in Oakland and moved to Concord in 1952. He was employed by the Oakland Tribune as a circulation manager until retiring in 1983. Al was a member of the Concord Elks Lodge where he spent many pleasant evenings dancing with his good friends and longtime loving companion Gloria Gustafson. Albert really enjoyed his retirement; playing golf and traveling to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Al was also a horse racing fan, analyzing the racing sheets was a favorite hobby! Al is survived by his son Ernest Freitas; daughter, Karen Paulsen; granddaughters, Erica and Shaina Paulsen; brother, Hank Freitas and many other beloved family members. He was preceded in death by his parents Jordao and Leona Freitas. The gentleness and the dignity with which he lived his life was a great inspiration to all those around him, he will remain in our hearts forever. Memorial Service will be held at Hull's Chapel at 1139 Saranap Ave. in Walnut Creek, CA, Sunday, August 5 at 2pm. Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel (925) 934-5400
Thomas “ Tom” J. Furlong
June 6, 1935 – July 1, 1979
Although Thomas was born in St Paul Minn, the East Bay became his turf. It was here where he was a star high school athlete excelling in both baseball and football. This is also where he worked and where he raised his five children. Tom died at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland this past Sunday July 1, 1979. He was just 44.
Tom an alumnus of St Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland, was an Oakland Tribune employee for close to 25 years. He started in the Tribunes Transportation department and was transferred to home delivery division and ultimately became a district manager. Operating mostly out of Albany and El Cerrito, Tom became one of the most popular district advisers among all Tribune carriers. He won many awards for sales, service and leadership. He was a loyal member of the Teamsters Union Local 96 .
Tom attended the University of San Francisco and Cal State majoring in political science and history. His wife Elizabeth Furlong also works as district manager trainee at the Tribune.
Special Memory; I remember a time when Tom and I both worked in Northern zone. Back then each zone at the Tribune would often challenge each other in a game of Basketball. Usually we had a gym already reserved. When our team from Northern zone showed up to play there was just 5 of us against Eastern Zone who had about 12 players. Now if you now anything about basketball being played at full court it is as physically demanding as running a marathon , especially for a bunch of out shape guys like us. The boys from Eastern zone ran us to death. Every time they had tired players they would just substitute for them with fresh players. We had nobody! At half time as we were sucking oxygen, Tom said he had a plan. Tom said put me in the game! Now if you are not aware Tom suffered from acute arthritis and just walking at times was difficult. This is where I first saw Toms competitive spirit. He simply put himself under the opposing teams basket and when we all would have to run down the court to defend our basket Tom would just stay at the other end. Not much attention was made of Tom standing down there waving his arms until four or five of our inbound passes in a row went his way for uncontested baskets. The other team finally had to keep a guy back which made our efforts to defend much more workable. We made a great run and we had a great time.
Did we win the game?...Nope we got killed anyway! Good memories and a good man.
Eben C. Giese Sr.
October 19, 1939 -August 15, 2002
A truck driver for the Oakland Tribune for over 28 yrs. Died Aug 15, 2002, at Richmond CA. .he was 62. Eben also worked for many years as a District Advisor in Northern Zone.Private services are being held. Arrangements by Smith & Witter Funeral Home.
Feb 3, 1903 - Jan 13, 1998
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Tuesday, January 20, 1998
Ruth Gilkey, a newspaper columnist and editor, died Jan. 13 in Walnut Creek. She was 94.
The native of Denver moved to Walnut Creek 16 years ago from Montclair. She worked for the San Fernando Valley Times for 13 years, then for the Oakland Tribune for 12 years.
She is survived by her sons, Hugh Argabrite of Sunnyvale and Alan Argabrite of Honolulu; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services: Private. Arrangements by Neptune Society, Walnut Creek.
September 30, 1928 - March 19, 2006
Ben Giuliano, a popular sportswriter for the Oakland Tribune in the 1950's, died March 19 (2006), a month after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 77.
It was the latest diagnosis in a series of illnesses that had made the last decade difficult for Mr. Giuliano, daughter Gina Lind said. But despite his failing health, he remained active, Lind said. “We always said this man is going to live to 100 years old, he is that strong and willful,” Lind said. Giuliano, a Brooklyn native, spent most of his life in the East Bay and graduated from Hayward High School before joining the Tribune in 1946 as a copy boy. Six months later he joined the Army and was stationed in Tokyo, where he became a sportswriter for the Stars and Stripes.
In February, 1948, Giuliano returned to the Tribune and moved into the sports department in September. As a sportswriter, he covered St. Mary's, USF and Stanford football, bowling and high school sports. During his tenure as the prep sports editor, Giuliano wrote a weekly column, “Prep Paragraphs.” He also covered such stars as Frank Robinson, Curt Flood, Vada Pinson, Bill Russell, Paul Silas, John Henry Johnson, John Brodie and Dick Bass.
As the Tribune's bowling writer, he covered and helped run the paper's annual men's and women's tournaments. In 1952, Giuliano was named Oakland's young man of the year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce for his sponsorship of the civic club for boys.
One of the many sports figures Giuliano dealt with while at the Tribune was future National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle. In those days, Rozelle was just getting started as the sports information director at USF, and Giuliano recalled he sometimes treated him to lunch because Rozelle's expense account was so small.
Giuliano left the Tribune in 1963 to start his own public relations firm. Two of his clients were the Oakland Raiders and Heavenly ski resort. He also worked briefly on the sports desk of the San Francisco Examiner.
After leaving the public relations field in 1965, Giuliano went to Lake County, where he became the general manager of the county chamber of commerce. He spent 10 years in that capacity and in Lakeport in 1972 opened California's first tourist information office on a major freeway.
Later, Giuliano ran a tire business in Madera and was general manager of the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association. He had been in semi-retirement the last 20 years. During that time he did volunteer work for hospitals, the Salvation Army, the Make-a-Wish foundation and the Oakland A's. He also brightened many Christmas holiday functions by appearing as Santa Claus.
January 8, 1891 - April 18, 1992
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Tuesday, April 21, 1992
Rose Glavinovich, a reporter who covered Berkeley for the Oakland Tribune for 42 years, died Saturday night at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley at the age of 101.
Ms. Glavinovich was born in San Francisco and moved to the East Bay after the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the family home.
Her first newspaper job was as a society reporter with the old Berkeley Gazette. She moved to the Tribune's Berkeley bureau in 1919, where she covered police news, the courts, the university campus and general city affairs until her retirement in 1961.
Ms. Glavinovich was known to instill fear in young reporters entrusted to her care. Those who passed muster called themselves ''Rose's Boys.'' There are no immediate survivors.
Argus, The (Fremont-Newark, CA) - Friday, August 29, 2003
Tom Goff a writer, business advocate, dies at 49 One-time ANG Newspapers writer recent years tackled controversy and comedy, tragedy and tomfoolery, as an ANG Newspapers reporter and columnist from 1981 to 1997.
For the last six years, Goff used his skills as a writer and public speaker to become an advocate for business and a campaigner for improved Bay Area transportation.
And he treated life as an adventure, whether paddling a canoe on the Mississippi River or playing shortstop for 20 years on the Dugout Grays, an Alameda men's softball team.
Goff was driving from Alameda to his San Leandro home from a Wednesday night game when he apparently suffered a massive heart attack, said his wife, Jill Singleton Goff.
Goff died in his car. He was 49.
"Tom was not only a total delight to work with, but the rare individual with whom you are privileged to be a friend as well as professional associate," said Jim Earp, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs.
Goff was deputy director of the Emeryville-based alliance, which represents more than 1,700 construction companies and 50,000 union workers from Kern County to the Oregon border.
He joined the alliance as communications director, rising in rank as he assembled what Earp described as a "first-rate industry magazine" and a Web site -- www.newbaybridge.org -- which focuses on the workers behind the span's reconstruction.
In his first career, Goff was an award-winning reporter and columnist who brought to life the quirks, pains and achievements of ordinary people.
He joined Sparks Newspapers, a predecessor of ANG Newspapers, in 1981 as a feature writer with the San Ramon Valley Herald. In 1983, he became a writer for the Hayward Daily Review and eventually moved to the Oakland Tribune. He was a columnist and senior writer for ANG Newspapers for many years.
Born December 3, 1919 died September 9, 2001. Longtime award winning Bay Area political cartoonist Lou Grant died in his Oakland home Friday night at the age of 81.
A self-taught artist, Mr. Grant created his cartoons from the Oakland Tribune newsroom from 1954 to 1986. His drawings were syndicated with the Los Angeles Times, and frequently appeared in Newsweek and Time magazines.
Mr. Grant learned his trade as a copy boy at the former Los Angeles Examiner, where he spent most his time looking over shoulders in the art department. As a teenager, he would mow lawns in exchange for cartoon lessons from staff cartoonists.
He enlisted with the Army in 1941 and served as an Army cartoonist at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, Calif. He then became an inking assistant for Jimmy Hatlo, a Carmel cartoonist who drew the syndicated strip "They'll Do It Every Time."
Mr. Grant got a comic strip of his own shortly thereafter, a regular sports cartoon at the Milwaukee Sentinel he named "Swine Skin Gulch." He designed a logo of a seal swinging a bat for the San Francisco Seals Triple-A baseball club, and a fist with a lightning bolt for the Oakland Invaders football team.
He returned to his birthplace, Los Angeles, to write comedy for the original Duffy's Tavern Radio Show before moving to the Bay Area to work for the old San Francisco News Call-Bulletin as a sports cartoonist.
He later flourished at the Oakland Tribune with his political satire, and drew Nixon in a bandit's mask declaring, "I am not a crook," as well as President Kennedy standing on the globe kissing his son, John Jr., shortly after his assassination.
Mr. Grant's works were highlighted in a 25-year retrospective at the Oakland Museum in 1980. Some of his original cartoons are kept in the Kennedy Memorial Library, the Harry Truman Library, the Lyndon Johnson Library and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
He refused a request to submit a cartoon to the Richard Nixon Library, citing political differences.
His art drew many professional accolades, including the National Headliners Award for Outstanding U.S. Editorial Cartoonist, and honors from the San Francisco Press Club, the Los Angeles Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Safety Council and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Florenzi Grant of Oakland; son Bill Grant of Pacific Grove; daughter Josie Grant of San Anselmo; and two grandchildren.
James C. Greaver
GREAVER, James C -- Passed away October 29, 2000 in Menlo Park at 74 years of age. Beloved father of Kimberley Woods; dear grandfather of Christopher and Shawn; loving brother of Connie Larripa and Madelyn Morton. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune for 35 years and was a native of Marysville, CA. A U.S. Marine Corps World War II Veteran. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 11:00 am at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 308Ave., El Cerrito, CA. Private interment St. Joseph Cemetery, San Pablo. Donations may be made to your favorite charity. SUNSET VIEW MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
Some people deserve their names - for example, Gray Davis and Michael Savage.
Roy Grimm, on the other hand, was anything but. Behind his no-nonsense persona and his ever-billowing pipe was a truly kind human being with a delightfully impish sense of humor.
Roy, the longtime managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, died on April 11, 2009 at age 83. Even though it's been 20 years since he retired, everyone who had the privilege of working for him still remembers him as the epitome of what a journalist should be.
"Underneath his often gruff, terse exterior beat a big heart," says Andy Jokelson, whom Roy hired as a night side reporter in 1969. "He let his staff do their jobs, had faith in them and stood by them. He also went out of his way to privately thank and encourage people."
" I remember waiting for the elevator at about 3 a.m. outside the Tribune city room as I headed home. Roy came out to the elevator to thank me for the night's work, and I still appreciate it."
Cliff Pletschet, the Trib's longtime business columnist, agrees.
"He didn't toss compliments around; so when Roy Grimm told you that you did a good job on a story, you can believe that you did."
Art Hakel, head librarian at the Oakland Tribune for 28 years, who also wrote personal commentaries for the newspaper, died
Aug. 20, 2009 of natural causes at his home in . He was 97. Hakel worked for the Tribune from 1936, the same year he earned a graduate degree in librarian-ship from UC Berkeley, until his retirement in 1979. Promoted to head librarian in 1951, he is remembered by colleagues for his intellect and his ever-present eye shade.” Nobody could find a fault with Art," said Seth Simpson, a library assistant under Hakel. "He was a great guy to work for -- understanding, low-key, didn't like to get angry. He was very quiet, quick-minded, and he had a great … Pleasant Hill
November 30, 1909 - November 24, 1994
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, November 29, 1994
OAKLAND -- Nora Hampton, a former reporter for The Oakland Tribune who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her firsthand account of being hijacked, has died at age 82.
Mrs. Hampton died in Orinda on Friday, five days short of her 83rd birthday.
With a career that included everything from writing ad copy to putting out publicity for the Truman and Eisenhower White Houses, Mrs. Hampton was known for her drive.
She joined the Tribune in the 1960s, where she created a new fashion section. She traveled to shows in Paris, London and Rome and had an exclusive interview with Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne.
But Mrs. Hampton's biggest story came in 1969 on a flight from Oakland to New York, when her plane was hijacked and forced to land in Cuba. Upon her return to the United States, she refused to talk to the FBI until she had telephoned a scoop to the Tribune.
And she had more to tell than a gripping eyewitness account. Mrs. Hampton had rifled through the hijacker's carry-on luggage and was able to supply his identity, along with such sartorial details as the number of shorts and socks packed and the style of his expensive beaver hat.
She is survived by her husband and a son. A memorial is planned.
April 9, 1909 - March 29, 1991
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) -
Veteran newspaperwoman Elinor Hayes died yesterday morning in her Mendocino County home, which is filled with memorabilia of a 47-year reporting career.
She was 81 and had been in failing health for some time.
Ms. Hayes moved to Little River in 1974 after retiring from the Oakland Tribune. She was a top rewrite person in the days when reporters on afternoon papers took rough notes over the telephone and quickly fashioned them into stories under deadline pressure.
"She wrote stories with her heart as well as her mind," recalled Roy Grimm, a longtime colleague who was city editor during some of her Tribune years.
"She was sympathetic to people. She was not one of those harsh make-them-feel-bad kind of reporters," Grimm recalled. "Some of her stories would make you cry."
A native of Redding and educated in San Luis Obispo and Woodland, Ms. Hayes was 17 when she got her first news job, at the Woodland Democrat. She was a reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press before going to the Oakland Tribune in 1943.
Her last Tribune assignment was at San Francisco City Hall. In retirement, Ms. Hayes wrote a column of gossip and humor in the Mendocino Beacon until failing health forced her to stop last year.
She ignored the invention of the computer and continued to write on a typewriter. Her two cats, Amy and Molly, were with her when she died.
Ms. Hayes never married and had no immediate family. It was uncertain yesterday whether there would be a service.
Doris K. Hjorth
Doris K. Hjorth of Piedmont, Calif., died at the Alta Bates Hospital in Berkely, Calif., on Jan. 2, 1978. She had been suffering from cancer for some time.
Born Aug. 2, 1926, she was the daughter of the last Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hink, former residents of Grinnell. She had attended Grinnell schools, and graduated from high school here.
She had worked in Minneapolis as a fashion illustrator, and had attended the University of Minnesota. While pursuing interests in art and journalism in Lima, Peru, she married Jan V. Hjorth of Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple returned to California, finally settling in the Bay area.
In 1967 she joined the staff of the Oakland Tribune as a writer for the fashion department. Prior to her illness, she had been fashion editor for the Tribune for three years. She was twice awarded the LuLu, an award from the Men's Fashion Association and Menswear Retailers of America.
She is survived by her son, Jan Anton; her former husband, Jan V. Hjorth; and four sisters, Wilma Wood of Ft. Myers, Fla., Alice Freeborn of Grinnell, Lois Hink of Montezuma, and Betty Jones of Columbia, Mo.
Dave B. Hope
July 19, 1903 – February 14, 1969
Dave B. Hope, born July 19, 1903 - died February 14, 1969 at Oakland Ca. He was 65. Beloved Husband of Flora Hope; loving Father of Mrs. Paul Nussbaum of Millbrae, and Mrs. David Hedeman of San Ramon; devoted son of Mrs.Charles Hope of Livermore; Brother of James Hope and Mrs, Edward Sunoskie; Grandfather of Karen, Paul, David and Kenneth Nussbaum. Dave was a native of Sweden.
Dave was a newspaperman for 45 years that started at the Livermore Herald and ended with 32 years at the Oakland Tribune. Dave was the Tribunes Political writer for 22 of those years where he achieved much respect and admiration from those he wrote about and more importantly from those he worked with and knew him. His reputation as the consummate pro at his work was widespread throughout the industry and the political arena which he covered so well as a writer and reporter.
There were many dignitaries of note sadden of his passing. Among them was, President Richard Nixon, who sent a telegram to owner and publisher William F Knowland that read;
" I was distressed to learn of the untimely death of David Hope. My thoughts are with you, your staff, and all the readers of the Oakland Tribune, as I recall with you the dedication that David poured into his work. His untiring efforts to bring accurate and meaningfulness interpretation to his readers place him among the finest members of the Fourth Estate. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, and express the hope that his inspiration may sustain and strengthen all who mourn his death"
Other notables that sent condolences are Governor Ronald Reagan, former Governor Edmund G Brown, Oakland Mayor John Reading.
Special thanks to Mrs. Jeanette Hedeman for all the information for Dave Hope's obituary.
Please go to our Historical Page for more on Dave Hope and the contributions he made to the Oakland Tribune.
Martin Cornelius Hoopes
August 4, 1919 - July 8, 2013
Martin Cornelius Hoopes Aug. 4, l9l9 - July 8, 20l3 Resident of Bay Area Martin Hoopes, a longtime resident of the Bay Area, was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and the historian for the Pearl Harbor Survivor Organization for over 10 years. Martin entered into rest at age 93 after living a life filled with family, friends, traveling and dancing. He is survived by his three daughters Anita Nelson, Christine DeWolf, Mary Hoopes and his son Eric Hoopes, as well as numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of many years, Geraldine Hoopes, and son, Martin Andrew Hoopes. Born in Oregon and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Martin joined the Navy and served over 20 years including his time on the USS Pennsylvania during World War II, active duty during the Korean Crisis and in the Naval Reserves. He proudly earned 10 stars and commendations. Thirty years of his civilian life were spent working for the Oakland Tribune in the Editorial Department and selling Real Estate. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project. Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center FD-1456 (510) 537-6600
Erle G. Howery
May 5, 1923 — June 19, 2012
Union Democrat, the (Sonora, CA) - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Copperopolis resident Erle G. Howery died June 19 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. He was 89.
Mr. Howery was born in Montgomery, W.Va.
He graduated from Hinton High School and studied journalism at Concord College. He served in World War II from Dec. 7, 1942, to February 1946.
He was a journalist and earned both military and civilian credentials over more than 50 years in news and public relations fields.
He re-enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. While there he met his future wife, Margaret, a registered nurse in Carmel.
He worked as part of the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper and his military assignments took him to Japan and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged and became the civilian coordinator for the U.S. Army's Far East news and troop information publications. He later worked for the Stockton Record, Oakland Tribune and became editor and publisher of the former Fremont Times and the Modesto Tribune.
Havelock H. Hunter
August 27, 1910 - March 31, 1993
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, April 2, 1993
Havelock Hunter, who covered many of the most celebrated East Bay trials during 33 years of reporting for the Oakland Tribune, died Wednesday at the age of 82.
Mr. Hunter joined the Tribune in 1946 after serving on the Sacramento Union, the old Richmond Record-Herald, the Martinez Gazette and the Associated Press. While working for the wire service, he broke the news of the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, in which 320 died in an ammunition dump explosion.
He had an enviable reputation for his skill in reporting legal affairs in Alameda County, but he said he was proudest of his role in inspiring a safety campaign in 1951. Some 60,000 motorists signed pledges promising to drive safely after Mr. Hunter wrote an eyewitness account of the death of a 5-year-old boy in an automobile accident.
Mr. Hunter was a native of Oakland, a graduate of St. Mary's College and a longtime resident of Kensington. He died in Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Richmond following a brief illness.
He is survived by four children, Sally Brandt of San Jose, Thomas Hunter of Athens, Ga., Molly Umholtz of Santa Rosa and Joan Chadd of Corvallis, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Gordon B. Illes
July 7 1921 - November 4 2001
Gordon B. Illes 80, of Hayward passed away November 4, 2001 at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Born July 7, 1921 in Whitman, Massachusetts. Dearly beloved husband of Helen S. Illes of Hayward for 18 years. Loving father of Bob Illes and his wife Sandi of Fremont, Larry Stones of Hayward, Dennis Stones and his wife Denise of Fremont, and the late Wayne Illes. Devoted grandfather of Brian Stones of Los Angeles, Eric Stones, Stacie Illes, Kellie Illes, Natalie Stones, Allison Stones all of Fremont, great-grandfather of Kaley McAllister and Emily McAllister both of Fremont. Gordon worked in Home Delivery for the Oakland Tribune for many years.
Willis Charles Jackson
August 3, 1945 - March 7, 2001
Willis Jackson, a crusader for newspaper diversity and a mentor to hundreds of journalists he called "my children," died Wednesday night March 7, 2001 in a San Francisco hospice. He was 55.
Jackson was editor of the Oakland Tribune until February 2000 when a series of illnesses, including cancer and liver and kidney failure, forced him to cut back on his duties. He was reassigned as editor at large at the paper once owned by his "hero" Robert Maynard, the nation's first African-American to own a metropolitan daily.
Jackson's legacy lives in Martin Reynolds, an assistant editor at the Oakland Tribune. In Lawrence Young, editor of the Arlington Morning News. In Erna Smith, a journalism professor at San Francisco State. And so on.
He coaxed and coached hundreds of reporters, many of them minorities, and today Jackson's proteges are found in newspapers, academia, magazines and broadcast stations throughout the nation.
"It gives me great pride to know that people like myself and Bob and Nancy Maynard have been the reason many minorities have chosen journalism as their career and made significant contributions," Jackson told a local Society of Professional Journalists audience in 1999 when he accepted a career achievement award.
Jackson had said when he applied for his first newspaper job 35 years ago that a woman simply told him no porters were needed. He replied he wanted to be a reporter. He went on to work at the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Weekly, the Washington Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Oakland Tribune.
He had also headed the news bureau in the Office of Public Affairs at San Francisco State and was program director at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland.
He later said he felt lonely at the Eagle-Beacon because he was the only minority there. So he began recruiting youngsters into journalism, a practice he continued throughout his career.
"He saw the potential in young people, often more than they had seen in themselves," said Felix Gutierrez, senior vice president at the Freedom Forum's Newseum.
His efforts weren't limited to the young. No matter what a reporter's age or experience, Jackson offered to tap his vast connections and help that person find a better job.
"He got a job in journalism just before the door was opening so he knew what it was like" without minorities, Gutierrez said. "Then he went through the token period, when every newspaper needed one, but not more than one."
Jackson found his way to the Tribune in 1990. He was working at San Francisco State at the time and wanted to moonlight as a copy editor, said Eric Newton, who hired him.
Glenn Jamieson, long time employee in the circulation department of the Oakland Tribune, died of a sudden heart attack June 7, 2010, at a hospital in Pleasanton. He was 72.
Glenn retired in July 1992 after 371/2 years as a Tribune employee. He carried a Tribune paper route in North Oakland from 1947 until he began working at the Tribune Building in 1955 while still attending Oakland Technical High School. He started as a part time clerk in circulation dept in Home Delivery. He began working full time in 1956 driving trucks delivery the bundles of newspapers to the variou locations from delivery by the newspaper carriers.
Glen enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent three years serving his country outside Anchorage Alaska on Fire Island. After his honorable discharge he returned to the Oakland Tribune as a truck driver and shortly after that became a District Advisor for the carriers. After a few years Glenn transferred to the street sales dept delivering papers to the news racks and inside store outlets in the East Bay and then in San Francisco. After many years he again transferred to the Tribune garage, where he serviced and repaired the street sales news racks. He remained there until his retirement in 1992.
Glenn was born in in Berkeley on July 20, 1937. He was the sixth of seven brothers and sisters, Glenn married his wife Shirley in 1958, and together they raised two lovely daughters who each have three children. The family lived in San Lorenzo, and Dublin and in 1987, with the girls out on their own , Glenn and Shirley moved to Pleasanton, Ca.
Glenn joined the Go-Getters soon after it was formed in 1988 and served on the board and became Assistant treasure in 1993. He loved everyone and enjoyed seeing everybody at the reunion luncheons. Glenn as a U.S. Army Veteran was laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
Harold J. Jerry' Jerabek
April 5, 1912 June 19, 1996
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Thursday, June 27, 1996
Jerry Jerabek, a newsman with the Oakland Tribune for 32 years, died June 19 at his home in Bay Point. He was 84.
The native of Hutchinson, Minn., lived in Bay Point for 48 years. He was a charter member and past president of the Contra Costa Press Club, Sigma Delta Chi national journalistic society and American Newspaper Guild. His many honors included the J.R. Knowland and Dave Hope awards. He was an elder, choir member and on the board of deacons of Pittsburgh Community Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed reading, writing, gardening, travel and vocal music.
He is survived by his sons, David Jerabek of Dumfries, Va., and Jeffrey Jerabek of Salem, Ore.; brothers, Henry Jerabek of Minneapolis, Paul Jerabek of Kirtland, Ore., and Robert Jerabek of Glenshaw, Pa.; and one grandchild. His wife of 49 years, Ione Jerkabek, died in 1988.
Services: Memorial 11 a.m. Friday at Community Presbyterian Church. His body was donated to medical research.
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Saturday, February 27, 1988
A memorial service will be held on Monday for Emelyn K. Jewett, former president of the Oakland Tribune and daughter of the late Senator William F. Knowland.
Mrs. Jewett, who was 59, died of cancer on Thursday.
She was active in almost every major civic project in Oakland.
Mrs. Jewett was born in Alameda and grew up in Piedmont during the era when her grandfather, the late Joseph R. Knowland, was one of the most powerful figures in California's Republican Party.
Mrs. Jewett made her social debut in 1949 in Washington, D.C., with Virginia Warren, Governor Earl Warren's daughter.
Mrs. Jewett's father retired from the Senate to run for governor in 1958, but was defeated by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown. He returned to Oakland to become editor and publisher of the Tribune. When he died in 1974, Mrs. Jewett became president of the newspaper and continued in various executive posts after the family sold the newspaper in 1977.
Mrs. Jewett, who retired from the Tribune in 1985, belonged to dozens of organizations. She was on the board of directors of the Clorox Co., American President Companies and Kaiser Cement.
One of her favorite projects was the restoration of the string of 3,400 lights around Lake Merritt.
Survivors include her children, Harold W. Jewett III, Emelyn J. Carothers and Helen J. Erickson, all of Walnut Creek; a sister, Estelle K. Johnson of Hawaii; and a brother, Joseph W. Knowland of Alameda, a former Tribune publisher.
Her husband, Harold (Hal) Jewett Jr., died last year.
After a private funeral service, a memorial service for Mrs. Jewett will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland.
October 29, 1923 - June 6, 1987
San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Saturday, June 6, 1987
Deceased Name: HAROLD JEWETT, 64, EX-ASSISTANT D.A., U.S. COMMISSIONER 10/29/23 – 6/6/87
Harold W. Jewett Jr., a former assistant Alameda County district attorney, died Thursday. He was 64.
Jewett, a Piedmont resident, was named a U.S. commissioner for the Northern District of California in 1956, serving until 1971.
He served in World War II as an Army Air Force bombardier- navigator in the Mediterranean and Italy, and won an Air Medal with three clusters and three Presidential Citations.
After the war, Jewett joined the Alameda County district attorney's office, rising in rank to senior trial deputy. Jewett resigned in 1955 to enter private law practice and served as General Counsel for the Oakland Tribune..
Maurice A. Johnson
Maurice A. Johnson, age 79, passed on June 23, 2006, at San Ramon Regional Medical Center after a brave struggle against the effects of recent multiple strokes.A 27 year resident of Castro Valley and a Bay Area native, he was a proud Navy veteran, retired from the Oakland Tribune as Circulation Manager after 27 years, and was also co-owner of the Veterans and Yellow Cab of Hayward for 10 years. Most recently, Maurice was of caring service to the patients at Eden Hospital .Maurice was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and faithfully dedicated his spirit and work to the callings of his church. An avid golfer and supreme gardener, he was foremost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and the pillar of his family. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Dolores, sons Morry (Lisa) and Steve (Brigitte), daughter Nancy, (Mike Cooper), grandchildren Steven (Erica), Justin (Kelly), Erin, Doug, and Anne Johnson; Jesse, Tara, and Carly Lemos; great grandchild Monique Johnson; step-grandchildren Sam and Rachel Cooper, Tim and Kelly Burkes, and Connor Every.
November 8, 1913 -April 28, 1997
Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - Wednesday, May 7, 1997
Services were held April 28 in Palm City, Fla., for retired Dallas Times Herald executive George Simpson Johnson.
Mr. Johnson, 83, died April 27 of a staph infection in Stuart, Fla. He is buried in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City.
A native of South Huntington, N.Y., Mr. Johnson began his 55-year newspaper career in 1920 as a carrier after moving with his family to Los Angeles.
Felix McKnight, a former newspaper executive at both the Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News, said Mr. Johnson was nationally respected for his innovative ideas in circulation.
"He had the respect of his fellow workers, and it showed in results," Mr. McKnight said. "He had the same respect, nationwide. " Mr. Johnson became a district manager for the Oakland Tribune in 1932. Five years later, he was named that newspaper's home delivery manager.
In 1946, Mr. Johnson became circulation director for the Long Beach Press Telegram.
In 1953, Mr. Johnson joined the Times Herald as circulation director. He advanced through the ranks to become vice president and general manager in 1962.
Mr. Johnson was also respected for his skills as a contract negotiator, said his daughter Jennifer Field of Stuart, Fla.
For his December 1978 retirement, the Dallas Typographical Union Local 173 recognized the executive. "We know that every time we came away from the table, we were treated fairly and we can ask no more than this from any man," the union president said in a letter to the retiring senior vice president.
Mr. Johnson was a consultant to the Times Herald for several years after his retirement. He moved to Florida about 10 years ago.
Harold A. "Buck" Joseph
May 5, 1919 - Nov 7, 2009
Harold A. "Buck" Joseph Resident of Walnut Creek Harold A. "Buck" Joseph died Saturday, Nov. 7 of natural causes. He was 90. Buck, an " Emmy Award Winning" television news cameraman, retired in 1984 after 20 years with KGO-TV Channel 7 News in San Francisco.
He earned his first citation from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, San Francisco Chapter, in 1972 for "extraordinary achievements as a news cameraman and for his dedicated concern as a journalist toward improving the quality of television news." Two years later he earned a statuette award for "outstanding individual craft achievement" for his coverage of local floods. Born May 5, 1919 in San Leandro, CA, Buck grew up working his father's ranch and flower farm. At 17, to help his family earn money during the Depression years, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 and was stationed in Iceland, and was redeployed after the attack on Pearl Harbor to the South Pacific as a member of the elite Marine Parachute Corps in the Soloman Islands. Returning home after the war in 1944, Buck bought a still camera and freelanced pictures to the Oakland Tribune and other local newspapers. Eventually he became a Tribune staff photographer, covering local breaking news for 15 years. Looking to move into motion pictures, he left the Tribune and became an independent producer, and later joined the ABC affiliate KGO-TV soon after it opened a news bureau. Buck liked to boast that he shook the hands of six presidents during his career and, indeed, he filmed two Northern California assassination attempts on President Gerald Ford. In his retirement, he restored a 1936 International truck, relished the Delta evenings on his Sea Ray cabin cruiser, and enjoyed traveling with his long-time companion Margaret Wiley to the historic sites of the American West. Always a good dancer, Buck became active on the senior ballroom dance scene, attending several dances a week. He was slowed only after macular degeneration took much of his sight and lymphoma much of his strength. He was an avid listener of books on tape and especially enjoyed historical nonfiction. Buck was married for 38 years to Carol Donoghue and had six children. They divorced in 1988. He is survived by his sister Rosemary Morrison of Yulee, Florida; his children: Laury Joseph (Doug Rowe) and Martha Joseph (Glen Lewis) of Martinez, Dan Joseph (Eve Werner) of Truckee, Matt Joseph of San Mateo, Jon Joseph (Lynne Esselstein) of Hillsborough, Jennifer Pettley (John) of Salinas; and grandchildren Marley Rowe, Kate and Graham Lewis, Nate Joseph, Julia and Anna Joseph, Megan and Ian Pettley, and Rose and Caroline Joseph, and Margaret Wiley.
December 5, 1889 – June 11, 1969
Oakland Tribune, June 12, 1969;
Frank Kettlewell, chief of The Tribune's art department who was known to generations of readers simply as "Ket", died unexpectedly last night. He was 79.
The genial, silver-haired artist, in nearly perfect health all his life, was stricken Monday with an appendicitis attack. He underwent surgery that night and was reported to be recovering rapidly when he suffered a heart attack.
For many years he was one of the Bay Area's leading editorial cartoonists and later became noted for maps that he drew to illustrate news stories and travel articles. His editorial cartoons, which appeared in the 1930's, always contained a little bird in the corner as a signature.
A series of road maps he drew in the early days of the automobile, to illustrate road tours throughout the state, was later issued in book form by The Tribune. A few years ago "Ket" drew a map showing how San Fransisco Bay is shrinking, and it was quickly adopted as a symbol by the Save the Bay Association and is now flown as a pennant by boats taking part in the annual opening of the Bay yachting season.
"Ket" was born in St. Helena; the son of pioneer parents who named him Benjamin Franklin Kettlewell. He graduated from St. Helena High School and as a youth arrived in San Francisco with a shipment of relief supplies after the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Later he lived in that city with his grandfather while attending the old Hopkins Art School on the site of what is now the Mark Hopkins Hotel. He came to work for The Tribune in 1912 and soon became head of the art room, no one is any longer sure exactly when, but the best estimates place it around 1917.
"Ket" combined one of his many hobbies- photography with his art work, taking pictures to illustrate those early auto tours and later (illegible newspaper) with columnist Jack Burroughs on a popular feature called "Your Town." He often put in long hours in The Tribune's photography darkroom, developing and printing pictures he and others had taken.
An amateur astronomer of note, "Ket" designed and built several of his own telescopes. He was believed to be a founding member of the East Bay Astronomical Society and for more than 25 years was one of its directors.
In 1948 "Ket's" drawing of Sutter's Mill was accepted by the U.S. Post Office Department as the design for a stamp commemorating the discovery of gold in California.
He was a inveterate tinkerer. Often he designed his own tools and one of his last projects was building a gem polisher for a friend. His other hobbies included metalworking, woodworking and stamp collecting.
"Ket" was a man who couldn't say no, an associate recalls, "Any time someone asked him to do something he'd try it."
Robert D. "Bob" Kimball
March 19, 1916 - August 7, 1977
August 9, 1977
Robert D. Kimball, for 12: years the manager of The Oakland Tribune's transportation department, died Sunday in Santa Rosa hospital. He was 61.
Mr. Kimball was taken ill six weeks ago at a second home he and his wife Phyllis maintain outside of' Cloverdale where, for the past "few years, they have been developing a vineyard.
Born in Merced, March 19, 1916 Mr. Kimball was 1934 graduate of Sonora Union High School. Before coming to work for The Tribune in 1940, Mr. Kimball worked in fire control for the U.S. Forest Service. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II.
In 1946, he returned to the paper and was put in charge of street sales, then promoted to home-delivery manager. In 1965 he was named head of the transportation department and its 30-person staff. He was a dedicated employee, said circulation manager William Ortman. "Bob was always quietly helpful to whoever approached him, he said. He was a lovely, unassuming person. We will all miss him. Mr. Kimball was a resident of Berkeley and a longtime member of the Berkeley Elks Club. His survivors include his wife, Phyllis, a son, Jack Kimball, of Cloverdale, -and a grandson, Robert D. Kimball II. Funeral services will be held on the grounds of the Italian Swiss Colony Winery in Asti at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Gene Jennings adds: Robert" Bob" Kimball handled (District 265) the El Sobrante, San Pablo, etc area for many years when it was a dealership (seven day operation). Bill Lewis was my D.A at that time and then for a period Bob took Pinole over and he was my D.A.. Bob had this before any management jobs with the Tribune. I use to run Bill's District 222 after I got my drivers license when he went on vacation.
John Frederick Kinsner
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Friday, January 3, 2003
Born December 16, 1922 in Oakland, California and passed away in Walnut Creek at John Muir Hospital surrounded by his family on December 28, 2002. Beloved husband of Esther Kinsner for 57 years. Loving father of John J. Kinsner; adored grandfather of Larry and John Adam Kinsner; brother of Pat Massaro and the late Jane Reedy; son of the late Marion Kropf; brother-in-law to Raymond (Patricia) Fratangelo.
He was employed by the Oakland Tribune for 48 years in the Home Delivery Department of the management team. He became a Mason so he could become a Shriner to repay them for the surgery so he could walk again. After Polio at age 2, he became mobile once again until his body was torn apart by cancer after a year long struggle.
There will be memorial on Sunday, January 12, 2003, at 3:00 p.m. at the Shrine Event Center in Livermore. Take Airway Boulevard exit off 580. Proceed straight ahead, right turn on Nissan, go to end, left turn on Lindburg Boulevard to 170, Livermore, CA 94550.
If you wish to make a donation in Jack's name, please give it to the Shriner's Hospital at Aahmes Temple at the above address.
Christian (Chris) J. Kjobech
May 1 1915 - January 17, 1976
Private funeral services were held today for Christian (Chris) J. Kjobech. a Oakland Tribune photographer for 19 years before his retirement Years ago. He died at Alameda Hospital in Alameda CA. after a long illness at the age of 61. A native of Copenhagen. Denmark, Mr. Kjobech was an Associated Press wire photographer operator in Seattle and at The Tribune for nine years before becoming a Oakland Tribune photographer in 195(1.He was an expert in sports photography' and his action Mr. Kjobech. who was reared and educated in Salt Lake City, is survived by five children Karen Martin. Alameda; Connie McFadden. Fremont; Rodney Kjobech, Tennessee: Curtis Kjobech and Carlyn Kjobech, both Hayward.
Joseph R. Knowland
August 5, 1873 - February 1, 1966
KNOWLAND, Joseph Russell, (father of William Fife Knowland), a Representative from California; born in Alameda, Alameda County, Calif., August 5, 1873; attended public and private schools and the University of the Pacific (later College of the Pacific), Stockton, Calif.; engaged in the wholesale lumber and shipping business; director of the American Trust Co.; member of the State assembly 1898-1902; served in the State senate from 1902 until 1904, when he resigned, having been elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Victor H. Metcalf; reelected to the Fifty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from November 8, 1904, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1914; president and publisher of the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune; chairman of the California State Park Commission 1936-1960; chairman of California Centennial Commission in 1950; was a resident of Piedmont, Calif., at the time of his death there on February 1, 1966; remains cremated at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
Joseph Russell Knowland Jr.
October 7, 1961 J. Russell Knowland Jr. assistant publisher and general manager of the Oakland Tribune, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at his Piedmont Home yesterday.
He was 59. He was the son of Joseph R Knowland Sr. publisher of the Tribune and the brother of former United States Senator William F Knowland editor and also Assistant Publisher of the Tribune. Russ Know land’s 1961 death made his brother Bill sole successor to their father.
Born in Alameda in November 17, 1901 Mr. Knowland attended Alameda public schools. He was a graduate from the University of California where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was a past director of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. HE was survived by his wife Norma and three children Penelope, Patricia, and Joseph R Knowland the III.
William F. Knowland
June 26, 1908 - February 23, 1974
KNOWLAND, William Fife, (son of Joseph Russell Knowland), a Senator from California; born in Alameda, Alameda County, Calif., June 26, 1908; attended the public schools and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1929; engaged in the newspaper publishing business in Oakland, Calif., in 1933; member, California State assembly 1933-1935; member, State senate 1935-1939; Republican National committeeman from California 1938-1942 and chairman of the executive committee 1940-1942; served in the Second World War as an enlisted man and officer; was serving overseas when appointed on August 14, 1945, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hiram W. Johnson; assumed office August 26, 1945, and was subsequently elected November 5, 1946, to fill the unexpired term ending January 3, 1947, and at the same time elected for the six-year term ending January 3, 1953; reelected in 1952 and served from August 26, 1945, to January 2, 1959; was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1958; majority leader 1953-1955; minority leader 1955-1959; chairman, Republican Policy Committee (Eighty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for Governor of California in 1958; resumed his newspaper career and took an active interest in civic affairs in the Oakland, Calif., area; died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his summer home near Guerneville, Calif., February 23, 1974; interment in Chapel of Memories Cemetery, Oakland, Calif.
Born December 17, 1921, died May 16, 2005 Oakland California he was laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland he was 84. He was the Oakland Tribune Circulation Office Manager for many years before his retirement .
John Herbert Komar Jr
July 23, 1941 - September 28, 1982
John was born in Oakland CA . John served in the United States Marine Corp and was Honorable discharged in 1965. He went to work for the Oakland Tribune in 1965 . He worked under Maurice Johnson in Central City Zone in home delivery for many years then transferred to Suburban Zone where he worked out of the Walnut Creek office. His district straddled south Walnut Creek, Alamo, and Danville areas. Big John as he was called loved his fellow employees and he was a loyal Union member. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He would always greet you with a big hardy laugh and smile. He loved playing cards, going to the movies and spent a lot of time gazing at the stars through his 22” telescope. He was versed in many fields and was proficient Biology and General Science. He was survived by his wife Louise and Brother Ronnie.
John was laid to rest at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette CA.
Paul J. Laborde
Paul is survived by his loving family, beloved wife of 47 years, Eileen Laborde of Pleasanton, children Patrick Laborde (Michelle) of Duvall, WA and Lisa Hill (Aaron) of Livermore, CA, brother, Henri P. Laborde of Rio Vista, CA, and cherished grandchildren, Jessica and Brandon Laborde, Allison and Christopher Hill. Also survived by several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
Rita Mary Lamm
March 14, 1926 - February 21, 2012
Rita Mary Lamm of San Lorenzo, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 14, 1926. She passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by family at her home on February 21, 2012. Rita worked at Mare Island during World War II. When the war ended in 1945 she came to the Oakland Tribune working at the circulation counter in the main lobby. There, she met her future husband John. Together they raised five children.
Rita and her husband traveled extensively visiting 50 countries around the world. Their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries were celebrated by taking the whole family on a cruise. Together they owned Friedman’s Microwave franchise in Dublin. Proceeded in death by her two sons, John and Joseph. Survived by John, her Husband of 63 years, Daughters and sons-in-law, Paulette and Doug Sandy, Catherine and Dennis Brown, Theresa and Charles Dyer. Ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Del Edward Lane
October 13, 1935 – January 8, 2003
Del Edward Lane, of Sobrante CA . He was a journalist with the Oakland Tribune as Editorial reporter for 30 years.
He was 67. No services.
Arrangements by Wilson & Kratzer Mortuaries in Richmond, (510) 232-4383.
Aug. 18, 1928 — Jan. 23, 2011
Mi-Wuk Village resident Lyle Lang died Sunday at his home. He was 82. Born in Nebraska, he worked for the Oakland Tribune’s distribution and circulation department for 30 years and lived in Mi-Wuk Village for 32 years. He enjoyed fishing and playing darts. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Casparian, of Mi-Wuk Village; and grandchildren, Crissy Lang, of Fremont, Tony Lang, of Reno, Nev., and Sheree and Trent DeBates, both of Sonora; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Lang; son Lyle Lang Jr.; and sister, Dorothy King.
December 24, 1918 - April 21, 1989
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Monday, April 24, 1989
Noel Lazaro, a long time editor for the Oakland Tribune who began his career in the Far East, died at 70 of cancer. Lazaro was an editor with the Nation when it was Burma’s largest English-Language daily newspaper, and later worked with the Associated Press in Rangoon and with Reuters in London. He joined the Oakland Tribune in 1965 as a copy editor, later becoming editor in charge of state, national and international news from the wire services. He retired in 1984.
GUY LEMMON In Oakland on February 5, 2008. A native of Missouri, growing up in Illinois and a resident of Northern California since 1960. A newspaper editor for over 45 years, who worked for the Oakland Tribune was also a member of Temple Sinai in Oakland, a strong newspaper union participant and an avid reader. Loving husband of Amelia and dear brother of John Lemmon of Maryland.
CALIFORNIA: Edward Levitt, of Oakland, longtime sports writer, columnist with the Oakland Tribune, died of Cancer, Sunday in Oakland. Mr. Levitt was born in Pennsylvania December 24, 1924 and died September 2, 1989 at Alameda Ca. He was 64.
Horace W. "Bill" Lewis
Born July 18, 1910 died September 22, 1994 of Cancer at Doctors Hospital Pinole, Ca. Horace was a resident of Rodeo, California. He was preceded in death by his wife Doretta. Laid to rest at Sunset Cemetery in El Cerrito Ca. Horace worked at the Oakland Tribune as a District Advisor in Home Delivery in the 1950’s. Info submitted by Gene Jennings.
Ira E. Ligon
November 9, 1924 - November 20, 2011
Ira Ligon long time Oakland Tribune Employee passed away at his home at Redding, California. He was 87. Ira started out in Streets and worked the Richmond area and later was assigned a district in Home Delivery working out of Norther Zone. Ira started work at the Tribune when he was 16 years old selling newspapers with his younger brother Bob who later worked at the Tribune as a “page markup”. Bob passed away in 2007. Ira served his country during WWII in the US Navy as SK3 (Storekeeper-Petty Officer Third Class). Ira also received the outstanding citizen award at Redding CA. His gentle kindness to everyone was cited.
From Gene Jennings; Ira and I fished Lake Berryessa ( and also Shasta when he moved from Richmond to Redding after he retired) together we duck hunted every refuge along I-5 together since we became friends when he was on Richmond streets and I had a Richmond district in 1960. He called me in August 2011 asking when it was we took the seven day rafting trip down the Colorado River (1978) and his cigarettes got soaked and that is when he stopped smoking. He had an appointment dealing with cancer and needed the information when he had stopped smoking. After this call I lost contact with him. Ira was laid to rest at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery at Igo, Ca (Shasta County) (Plot; Sec C7 Row D Site 3)
Wilson Locke was born April 3, 1935 in Albany Ca passed away October 1, 2006, in Middletown, Ca, after a short bout with cancer. Wilson and his family have been property owners in Lake County since 1938 and vacationed there every summer. He and his wife Mona became year-round residents here after building a home in Middletown in 2003. Wilson was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and son. He was a retired newspaper editor who began his career as a stringer for the Mendocino Beacon, while still in high school, playing sports for the Mendocino Cardinals. Wilson attended Contra Costa Community College and Stanford University. Starting out as a copy boy at the Oakland Tribune, Wilson worked his way up to the level of assistant managing editor. He left the Tribune for the LA Times in 1973 where he helped to usher in the computerized newsroom. Wilson retired from the LA Times in 1991. He enjoyed researching his family genealogy and Civil War history. An avid outdoors man and author, Wilson enjoyed photography and was considered a crack-shot hunter.
Apr 10, 1934 - Mar. 4, 2009
Gary Longanecker Apr 10, 1934 - Mar. 4, 2009 Resident of Alameda Gary Longanecker is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Patti; his son Donald (Karen) Longanecker, Brentwood, CA; his daughter Lisa (Jack) Warner Fairfield, CA.; three grandchildren Jeremy Power, Amanda Longanecker and Michael Longanecker; his brother Kenneth Longanecker, Sacramento, two sisters Judy (David) Curtis, Alameda and Tina (John) McCune, Rancho Cordova and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Catherine Longanecker. Gary was born on April 10, 1934 in Lawrence, KS. He moved with his family to Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School in 1953. He served in the Army for two years. He later attended Oakland City College, San Francisco State University and received a degree in Business and Accounting from Armstrong College in Berkeley. He and the former Patti Conway were married June 14, 1958 at St. Barnabas Church in Alameda. Mr. Longanecker retired from the California State Compensation Insurance Fund after 30 years. He also worked in the Circulation Department for the Oakland Tribune for 20 years. He was past commander of the American Legion Post #117, member of the Alameda Elks BPOE, served on the Board of Directors for Franklin Media Credit Union and Marines Memorial Association. Gary and Patti took many trips and cruises, with Germany being their favorite destination. They also looked forward to their annual trip with lifelong friends from grammar and high school years.
A feminist writer launched by the counterculture of the 1960s who helped found Rolling Stone magazine, died of cancer July 15 2005 at a Boca Raton hospice. She was 61. Ms. Lydon, who lived in Oakland, Calif., was the author of three books, including the memoir Take the Long Way Home (1993) about her battles with drugs and The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice (1997), which addresses knitting as a form of meditation.
She was an editor and columnist for the Oakland Tribune before going on medical leave in late 2002. While majoring in history at Vassar College, the Bronx native met Yale student Michael Lydon. They married in 1965, the year she graduated. They moved to England, where Michael Lydon became a writer for Newsweek and Susan Lydon wrote for the magazine London Life.
They returned to the United States in 1967, arriving in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury in time for the full flowering of the counterculture in the "Summer of Love." Ms. Lydon was present at Golden Gate Park for the Human Be-In, the hippie celebration where Timothy Leary told the youthful masses to "turn on, tune in and drop out." She dropped out of graduate school at San Francisco State and began to write freelance articles about local rock bands.
Many of her assignments were for Sunday Ramparts, an offshoot of the radical journal Ramparts. She often wrote for its arts editor, Jann Wenner, who wanted to start a rock 'n' roll newspaper. He launched Rolling Stone in 1967. Journalism, even in the counterculture, was a lonely place for women. Ms. Lydon recalled responding with an expletive when Wenner asked her to type address labels. After refusing the menial role, she not only wrote reviews and articles, but served as an editor and production manager. "The very rhythms of the knitting needles can become as incantatory as a drumbeat or a Gregorian chant," Ms. Lydo
She left Rolling Stone after the birth of her daughter, Shuna, in 1968, as the women's liberation movement was beginning to stir. Ms. Lydon attended one of the first consciousness-raising groups, which drew women into the feminist movement through intimate discussions of their lives.
Some years ago, Ms. Lydon fell off a deck and down a flight of stairs trying to get a better look at a hummingbird. She wound up with a broken arm and shattered shoulder -- and a new appreciation of knitting. She picked up her needles and yarn to strengthen her arm and ease pain after the accident. The physical therapy gradually became a form of spiritual therapy.n wrote in The Knitting Sutra, a book that fascinated devotees of the craft despite its lack of a single pattern.In addition to her daughter, Ms. Lydon is survived by her mother, Eve Gordon of Delray Beach; two sisters, Lorraine Garnett of Virginia and Sheila Wolfe of Boca Raton; and a brother, Ricky Ian Gordon of New York City.
September 5, 1936 - September 22, 2011
KTVU Channel 2 News reporter Bob MacKenzie, best known for his feature storytelling skill, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. The Emmy Award-winning journalist was 75. While MacKenzie is recognized for his work on TV -- he'd been with Channel 2 since 1978 and was instrumental in the development of the popular 'Segment 2' -- he began his career as a newspaperman. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1962 with a journalism degree he joined the Seaside News Sentinel in Monterey County. He later joined the Oakland Tribune where he worked for 14 years, much of that time as the paper's television columnist. He was also TV Guide's television critic for 12 years.
An adept wordsmith, MacKenzie was often praised for his graceful prose and conversational style of reporting. He received 13 local Emmys, a National Headliners award and numerous other professional honors."He did a lot of hard news, but Bob absolutely is known as a brilliant feature writer," KTVU Channel 2 News Director Ed Chapuis said Thursday. "His way with words and the way he would pull great emotion out of people and write to his pictures was really his mastery."
MacKenzie wrapped up his reporting with KTVU in 2008 but never officially retired, Chapuis said. He kept in touch with the station and continued telling stories on a more informal basis. He was most recently seen briefly on the station's 9/11 anniversary special.Longtime colleague Rita Williams said reporting came second nature to MacKenzie, and she recalled a story he'd done on Pop Rocks candy in the early 1980s."Here I'm laboring and crafting stories, and Bob walks out with a cameraman, and he's back in an hour," she said. "It shows the ease with which he was able to do this. He was a natural for lifestyle, kind of fun stories. He was exactly what you saw on television. Sometimes absent-minded, he didn't take notes. You didn't think he was paying attention but he would go back and write a piece." She also recalled that he enjoyed fly-fishing and spending time at his second home in Dunsmuir.
MacKenzie wrapped up his reporting with KTVU in 2008 but never officially retired, Chapuis said. He kept in touch with the station and continued telling stories on a more informal basis. He was most recently seen briefly on the station's 9/11 anniversary special.Longtime colleague Rita Williams said reporting came second nature to MacKenzie, and she recalled a story he'd done on Pop Rocks candy in the early 1980s."Here I'm laboring and crafting stories, and Bob walks out with a cameraman, and he's back in an hour," she said. "It shows the ease with which he was able to do this. He was a natural for lifestyle, kind of fun stories. He was exactly what you saw on television. Sometimes absent-minded, he didn't take notes. You didn't think he was paying attention but he would go back and write a piece." She also recalled that he enjoyed fly-fishing and spending time at his second home in Dunsmuir.
Friend and colleague Bill Mann, of Bay Area News Group and CBS Market watch, described MacKenzie as a "leprechaun-like charmer" whose personality often got him out of tough predicaments. "He marched to his own beat," Mann added. "I hear the term Renaissance Man thrown around way too much, but if anyone approached it, it was Bob."
MacKenzie is survived by his wife, Miyuki, his daughter, Dana, his sister, Jean and his brother, KTVU Chief Photographer John MacKenzie. The family is planning privates services.
Charles G. Magill
March27, 1913 - August 15, 2006
Charles G. Magill passed away Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006 in Lodi, Calif. at the age of 93. Born in Boise, Idaho, raised in Barber. As a boy he delivered the newspaper on his bicycle to residents of Boise. He left Boise to go to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. He served in the Navy in World War II and returned to Washington DC to work for the Washington Post newspaper. He married Emma Hoppe in 1945 and later worked for the Oakland Tribune in Oakland, Calif. for 27 years. He returned to Boise in 1992 and lived with his companion Marie Spilver. He moved to Lodi in 2002 to live with his daughter.
March 27, 1947 - March 31, 2013
Vernon Mallinen 66, passed on Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was born to Erland and Gwendolyn Mallinen on March 27, 1947 in Berkeley, CA, and raised in Oakland. He graduated from Oakland High in 1964. Vernon had a paper route as a youngster and was soon hired by the Oakland Tribune where he held positions in Circulation and Sales management before relocating to Denver. He continued his career at the Rocky Mountain News where he rose to a Vice President position. He spent the remainder of his career with The Denver Newspaper Agency and then Media News Group at The Denver Post. He retired in November 2011. Active in the Denver business community, Vernon was a key player in the creation and installation of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame exhibit currently at Mile High Stadium. He was a past president and continued on the board until his passing.
Vernon is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Julie, daughter Jennifer of Seattle, son John of Philadelphia and sisters Erleen, Karen, and Naomi of California. He was a devoted grandfather to Gus and newborn Calvin.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 10:00am at Horan and McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Rd. Centennial CO. 80122. Burial will be private.
Reception will be held at 4:00pm Saturday at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver, 80204. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Mount Saint Vincent Home, 4159 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO 80211, (303)-458-7220 in remembrance of Vernon J. Mallinen.
OAKLAND -- Back in 1963 when Margaret Mallory joined the Oakland Tribune, women writers in the home section didn't get their own byline. While Mallory would eventually receive the recognition she deserved as an award-winning food editor during her 22-year career at the Tribune, she -- like many before her -- wrote under the Tribune's traditional food-section pen name of "Martha Lee" for several years, until she took a stand and insisted on using her own name. "That's how they did things in those days," said Mallory's daughter, Marty Walker, of San Francisco. "But my mother didn't like that. She told the editors that the sports writers got their own bylines, why not food? While my mom wasn't really a feminist, she did get 'Martha Lee' retired and got her own name in the paper from then on."
Mallory, a resident of the Rossmoore senior community in Walnut Creek, died Feb. 13 , 2011 at John Muir Medical Center following complications from a broken leg. She was 90.
Mallory lived in Castro Valley until moving to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek in the '90s. She spent her retirement "enjoying life, with quite the social network of friends," her daughter said. Mallory is survived by her daughter; her son, Milton Mallory, of Mountain View; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband and her six siblings.
Herbert E. Manchester
July 18, 1924 - April 20, 2005
Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice Oakland Tribune,
Deceased Name: Herbert E. Manchester dies
FREMONT -- Herbert E. Manchester Jr., a Fremont resident for 40 years, died Monday. He was 80.
Born in Oakland, Mr. Manchester joined the Navy after high school and served in World War II. He retired from the Oakland Tribune in 1986.
Mr. Manchester was a life member of the Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club in Newark and belonged to the San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club in Ripon. He also was a member of the Sociedade Do Espirito Santo in Newark and of Teamsters Local 96.
Mr. Manchester is survived by his daughter, Teresa O'Reilly of Sparks, Nev.; his sons, Herbert E. Manchester III of Fremont and Mark A. Manchester of Ripon; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His wife, Leona Barbara "Rusty" Manchester, died in 2000, and another son, Paul Russell Manchester, died in 1993.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with a vigil at 7 p.m., tonight at Fremont Chapel of the Roses, 1940 Peralta Blvd.
Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd.
Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward will be private.
The family requests donations be sent to Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club in Newark, the San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club in Ripon or to an organization of one's choice.
Raymond J Marta
Raymond J. Marta, a longtime Oakland Tribune staff artist and graphic arts director, died Feb. 28, 2006 at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. He was 83. Born Feb. 3, 1923, in Butte, Mont., Mr. Marta moved to the Bay Area as a youth. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1940. After high school, Mr. Marta was torn between medical school and art school. He enrolled in one semester of pre-med classes before settling on an art career, family members said. He took classes at St. Mary's College and the California College of Arts and Crafts before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1942. There, he served as a technical sergeant in Washington, D.C. (No further information available at this time)
Gayle Montgomery’s obit today for longtime Oakland Tribune political writer and City Hall reporter Bill Martin, who died Christmas Day, Dec 25, 20011 just short of his 90th birthday, provides a glimpse of the Tribune from a bygone era. Martin, a serious newsman but with a sense of humor, left the Trib in 1977 after the Knowland family sold the paper, not long after covering Jerry Brown’s first presidential campaign. An excerpt:
One time in 1974, Tribune Publisher Joe Knowland declared a "funny hat day" for the paper's employees, and was outraged when only the managing editor, Steve Still, had anything on his head in the fourth-floor newsroom.
The same day, the Tribune's editorial board was scheduled to interview a young University of California woman who was running as a Socialist for Congress. Martin showed up at the interview wearing a San Francisco 49er helmet, complete with a face guard, which he had borrowed from the Ringside bar next door. The candidate became completely flustered and left when Martin tried to light a cigarette through the helmet face guard.
Voscoe Elio Martinelli
Voscoe was born Dec 31, 1923. He passed away while on vacation in Mexico and official date of death was May 22, 1985 in San Diego, Ca. My wife Sandy lived with the Martinelli's in Alameda while attending Encinal High School in 1961-62. We became very close to the Martinelli family and we were fortunate to enjoy his company in a bowling league at Mels Bowl in Alameda and later working at the Oakland Tribune. Voscoe worked the docks and spent time driving trucks on occasion. He was survived by his wife Gloria, Daughter Sharon and sons Michael and Anthony. Rick Faller
Aug. 31, 1922 - March 28, 1998
San Ramon Valley Times (CA) - Wednesday, April 1, 1998
Thomas Mastoras died Saturday at his home in Dublin. He was 75.
He was born in San Francisco and served in the Navy from 1941-47. He worked as a truck driver for the Oakland Tribune for 45 years and was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 296 in Oakland. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Mastoras of Dublin; and daughters, Lisa Jane Sullivan of Pleasanton, Nancy Ann Mastoras of Stockton and Rebekah Lynn Mastoras of Citrus Heights.
Services: Funeral with full military honors at 2 p.m. Friday at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella.
Nancy Hicks Maynard
November 1, 1946 - September 21, 2008
Nancy Maynard was one of the first black female reporters at The New York Times who, with her husband, became publisher of The Oakland Tribune and a co-founder of a renowned institute that trains minority journalists, has died. She was 61.
Mrs. Maynard died Sunday, said the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She had been ill for several months.
“She was a fearless, astute champion of diversity in news media,” A. Steve Montiel, a former president of the institute, said in a statement posted on its Web site. “We've lost a leader who made a difference.”
The former Nancy Hicks began her journalism career in the mid-1960s at the New York Post. Later, at age 23, she and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were among the first black female reporters at The New York Times.
After she married Washington Post reporter Robert C. Maynard in 1975, the couple helped found the nonprofit institute that bears their name to train minority journalists.
As president of the institute, she made it “a leader in training, not only for reporters, but also for editors – the decision makers on who gets hired and how news events are covered,” said Frank O. Sotomayor, associate director of the University of Southern California's Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
“She shared with her late husband, Bob, the vision and goal of giving readers and other media consumers a more complete view of what was occurring in all communities,” he said.
In 1983, the couple purchased the financially struggling Oakland Tribune from Gannett Co. They sold it in 1992 as Robert Maynard was struggling with prostate cancer. He died the following year. The paper remains the only major metropolitan daily to have ever been black-owned.
In the years after her husband's death, Mrs. Maynard focused on writing, consulting and continuing to advocate for newsroom diversity.
Survivors include her partner Jay T. Harris; sons David and Alex; and a daughter, Dori.
Robert C. Maynard
June 17, 1937 - August 17, 1993
Robert C. Maynard, the former Oakland Tribune publisher who rose from high school dropout to become one of the most powerful and respected black journalists in America, is dead at age 56.
Maynard, who had battled prostate cancer for six years, died at his home Tuesday night, said Eric Newton, a friend and colleague.
"History will record Bob as a pioneer, as an innovator and as one of California's great newspaper publishers," Gov. Pete Wilson said Wednesday. "In every way, Bob Maynard exemplified public service and a commitment to the community."
Maynard became editor of The Oakland Tribune in 1979, and he and his wife, Nancy Hicks Maynard, bought it from Gannett Co. Inc. four years later.
Until they sold it last year to the Alameda Newspaper Group, it was the nation's only black-owned major daily newspaper.
Under Maynard's leadership, The Oakland Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism for coverage of the 1989 earthquake. It was also highly praised for its coverage of the 1991 Oakland Hills fire, which destroyed some 3,000 homes and burned to within a few feet of the Maynards' house.
But recession and Maynard's ill health took their toll.
The paper was $31.5 million in debt and within a week of closing in 1991 when it was rescued by a cash infusion from the nonprofit Freedom Forum, an Arlington, Va.-based media foundation.
After selling the paper in November, Maynard said, "The fact that we don't get to continue to own it is far less important than the fact that it will continue to exist."
Friends remembered Maynard as a man who tirelessly championed his cause of recruiting more minorities to the newsroom and never lost his enthusiasm for a challenge.
"He was brilliant; he had an incredible mind," recalled Newton, editor-in-residence at the West Coast office of the Freedom Forum.
"He was a skilled editor, an innovative publisher and a courageous friend and guide for us all," said Allen H. Neuharth, chairman of the Freedom Forum and Maynard's former boss at Gannett.
Maynard was born in New York City's borough of Brooklyn on June 17, 1937, the son of an immigrant from Barbados. School held little attraction for him: He recalled in an interview last November how he often cut classes to visit the local courthouse.
"It was the real stuff," he said.
He dropped out of high school at age 16, but in 1965 he won a Nieman fellowship to Harvard, and he encouraged young people to stay in school.
In 1977, the Maynards founded the Institute for Journalism Education to train and promote minority journalists.
"He was able to show that a diverse newsroom was not a newsroom lacking in quality, that diversity could lead to great things like winning a Pulitzer," said Pearl Stewart, a longtime friend of the Maynards who became editor of The Oakland Tribune after the sale.
Maynard's daily journalism career began in 1961 at the York (Pa.) Gazette and Daily, now the York Daily Record. He joined The Washington Post as a reporter in 1967 and worked his way up to associate editor-ombudsman and editorial writer before leaving for The Tribune.
In the 1980s, he wrote a syndicated column and appeared on such public affairs shows as This Week With David Brinkley.
He also served on The Associated Press board of directors
from 1985 to 1991.
"Bob Maynard cared passionately about his newspaper, his profession and his country," said Louis D. Boccardi, AP president and chief executive officer. "His voice and heart will be missed." In addition to his wife, survivors include their children: Dori, David and Alex.
Nancy Barr Mavity
Oct 22, 1890 – April 23, 1959
Nancy Barr Mavity Rogers, distinguished newspaperwoman, author and critic and member of the Oakland Tribune staff for 34 years, died of a heart attack early today.Death came at her home, 112 Lexford Road, Piedmont. She was 68 years old.
She was at her desk, asusual, in The Tribune city room yesterday. She died without warning when apparently in good health.Her* passing will end a famous, respected and constant byline in The Tribune over the years:
"By Nancy Barr Mavity." During her long career she covered many of the outstanding stories, particularly crime, of her era, authored 12 books, wrote fact and fiction for national magazines. Since 1943 she has been literary editor of The Tribune.
In private life she was Married to Edward (Doc) Rogers, of The Tribune's veteran news photographer. Together they had been an outstanding writing-photography team. She was the daughter of Dr G. Walter Barr who gave her early indoctrination in newspaper work because he himself turned to it instead of a profession of medicine. She was educated in Western College, Oxford, Ohio, and too her Ph.D. in philosophy a Cornell University after graduate study at Wellesley College.
In 1925 she came to The Tribune where she remained since as one of the outstanding women reporters to
her day. She spent those years lending a brilliant mind and facile writing talent to every type of story covering criminals to prime ministers, trials to greaworld-corrfereh'ces, prisoners to literary evaluation.
Besides her husband she is survived by two children. Miss.Nancy Mavity Nye, wife of George Nye, Alameda County public defender, and John Barr Mavity of Berkeley. There are four grandchildren of Lawrenceville
Former Oakland Tribune sportswriter Alan McAllaster died on June 6, 2003. Alan had 76 years to make at least one enemy, but nobody knows of one, and so he died Sunday, a man with only friends. "I've never met a kinder man in my life," said his wife, Jackie. "He never complained, and he had a sense of humor. I couldn't ask for a nicer husband."
Mr. McAllaster worked for the newspaper from 1951 to 1990 before retiring. He died of complications from cancer in a Walnut Creek hospital. Mr. McAllaster's two favorite newspaper beats were Stanford athletics, and track and field. "
"He didn't know anything about track when he started," said John Simmonds, one-time Tribune assistant sports editor. "But once he took it on, he became an expert in it, and his compilation of East Bay high school bests, which he regularly updated, became a popular feature in the Tribune sports pages."
Kevin V. McCarthy
September 17, 1944 - March 17, 2008
Kevin had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of careers beginning with his first job at the Oakland Tribune, and after graduating from the San Francisco Culinary Academy he opened the A dear family friend has passed away. Kevin McCarthy passed away peacefully at his home in Castro Valley with family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Karen of 38 years, and children, Patrick and Erin; his father, Joseph McCarthy of Castro Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Donna McCarthy of American Canyon; and sister-in-law, Sandra Ellingsworth of San Leandro as well as many other wonderful relatives and friends. His children were his greatest joy.
Kevin lived life fully with his love of family, music, and cooking. His musical career began at the age of 14 when he was the youngest member of the Oakland Symphony, then played with Joe Smiell's Band for over 40 years. He was a talented percussionist and lived his passion for music up until his death. He was fortunate to have the First Street Café in Pleasanton, and finally retiring this year from the Fremont School District's payroll department. Throughout his illness he never lost his sense of humor.
A personal note; I worked with Kevin for three years in Northern Zone. He was a field Advisor while I was working 918 district in Berkeley. He was a friend that gave me support through some difficult times in my life. He was there when you needed him. Working with him was a delight. I remember a trip to Camp Oakland where my wife Sandy and I joined him and his wife Karen and others. The trip was hampered by a very large forest fire that threaten the trip. We did not let that bother us as we sat around listening to Kevin and Mike Sanders strum on their Guitars. Good Memories. He left us much too early in life.
Paul M. McCarthy
Paul McCarthy at age 73, passed away December 24, 1997 in San Diego. He was a long time newspaper writer in editorial sports, boxing when at the Oakland Tribune. He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Paula Salmi; sons Kevin and Gregory; four grandchildren; sisters Margaret Rau, and Ginny NiCarthy; several nieces and nephews. Memorial Services are pending in January 1998. Memorial donations may be made to the San Diego Hospice in his name. PACIFIC BEACH MORTUARY 488-5553
Gratis H. McDonald
December 4, 1910 - August 7, 1997
Gratis (Red) McDonald, a district advisor at the Oakland Tribune for 35 years
died Aug. 7, 1997 in Walnut Creek. He was 86.
The Kentucky native lived in Albany before moving to Walnut Creek eight months ago. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 96.
He is survived by his daughter, Molly McFadin of Lafayette; sister, Daisy Story of Kentucky; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His wife, Ruth M. McDonald, died in 1995. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. Arrangements by the Neptune Society, Walnut Creek.
John U. Meyer Sr.
Nov. 3, 1924 - Feb. 6, 2011
John U. Meyer Sr. Resident of Sonora, Formerly of Alameda/San Leandro. John was Born in Oakland, CA to John and Amalie. Our loving father past on Feb. 6, 2011 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. John was preceded in death by his brother Joseph. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy and former wife Lorraine Evans, 8 sons, John Jr. (Linda), Gregory (Angel), Michael (Blair), Don (Maryann), Jim, Danny (Denise), Rick, Patrick, and daughter Penny (Chuck), 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, along with many close friends. He retired after 38 years of employment with the Oakland Tribune, Circulation Dept., and a Member of the Teamster Union, Local 70. He loved 49er Football and had an enduring love for fishing and boats. He loved gardening, time with the family including his quiet time by the "Creek.
Virgil E. Meibert
November 23, 1934 - March 18, 2013
Virgil Meibert passed away peacefully at his Gold River home on March 18, 2013. Born November 23, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in his youth. He attended North Phoenix High School and graduated from Arizona State College with a degree in journalism. He began his journalistic career with The Arizona Republic in 1952 as a copy boy while attending college. After a two year period with the US Marine Corps, he returned to The Republic until moving to California in 1960, accepting a reporter job with The Hayward Daily Review. In 1963 he joined The Oakland Tribune as a reporter and was promoted to the Editorial staff for eight years, the last four as Chief Editorial Writer. He was appointed Capital Bureau Chief for the paper in 1973 and relocated to Sacramento. He went on to work for The Contra Costa Times in a similar position prior to his retirement from journalism in 1995. In that same year, he accepted the position of Research Aide for the Senate Rules Committee. He retired as a Consultant with the same Committee in 2011.
Survivors include his wife, Carole, sons Kenneth and David, and grandchildren Stephanie, Emily and Logan.
The family also wishes to express its gratitude to Emanuel 'Manny' Dirar for his care and devotion to Virgil over the last months of his life.
Bruce Charles Miller
October 24, 1937 - September 13,1996
Bruce was born on October 24, 1927 in San Francisco, Ca. He went to work part time for the Oakland Tribune in 1945. Bruce worked just about everywhere during his 41 years of employment and was working Street Sales at the time of his retirement in 1984. He then moved to Redding, Ca with his wife Gloria (Faller) Miller. Bruce died after a serious illness on September 13, 1996 he was 68. He was survived at the time by his wife Gloria, Daughter Gwen Abbott and son Neil.
Gloria J. Miller (Faller)
October 9, 1937 - February 3, 2012
Gloria J. Miller passed away in Redding February 3, 2012 after a brief illness. She was 74. Gloria was hired by Mr. Keith Travis to work in the Circulation department in June of 1957. Among her many duties was carrier billings. Gloria left the Tribune to work for HUD in Oakland in March of 1968. Gloria was married to long time Tribune Employee Bruce Miller who worked in street sales. Gloria is survived by her daughter Gwen Abbott of Whitmore CA, and her son Neil Miller of Happy Valley CA, and her brother Rick Faller of Redding, Ca.
Howard W. Mordell Sr.
December 31, 1924 – July 10, 1997
Howard Mordell Sr died at his home in San Leandro, CA on July 10, 1997. He was 72. He was a World War II veteran and a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Mr. Mordell worked at the Oakland Tribune in Home Delivery department for over 20 years.
He enjoyed gardening and Cooking. He also while at the Tribune, loved Fishing at Balls Ferry Resort along the Sacramento river in Cottonwood and bowling in league with fellow Tribune employees and playing liars dice.
He is survived by his wife Lynn Mordell of San Leandro three daughters, Michelle Gerdes of Kennewick Washington. Rene Casteel of Newport, Washington and Linda Letson of Long Beach: Three Step –daughters Carol Johnson of Alameda, Kathy Doty of Fremont and Anita Crane of San Diego; A son Howard Mordell Jr. of Hayward: two step sons, Timothy McGrath of Scotts Valley and Owen McGrath of San Leandro; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, CA.
Thomas D. Mulhern, Nov. 21, 1919- Sept. 25, 2011.Resident of Castro Valley.Thomas Mulhern passed peacefully in his home. Retired from the Oakland Tribune, Owner of Friedman's Microwave Ovens in Hayward. Survived by his family and friends, who loved him dearly. The Vigil will be on Sept. 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Jess C Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at 10:00 am at Our Lady Of Grace church in Castro Valley.
Ruth Eileen Murphy
Sept 30, 1912 – November 16, 1989
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Saturday, November 18, 1989
Ruth Eileen Murphy, former reporter, publicist and journalism teacher, died Thursday in Berkeley at the age of 77.
Mrs. Murphy was a society reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune during World War II. She entered public relations in Oakland, working for the city park department, the YWCA, Merritt Hospital and the Community Chest.
She then taught at Oakland High School for 10 years, specializing in journalism and English, before retiring in 1969.
A native of Madison, Wis., Mrs. Murphy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English in 1933. She was a reporter on the Daily Californian, then the university newspaper, and was women's editor her senior year.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of numerous groups, including the Berkeley City Club, the League of Women Voters, Women in Communication, Berkeley Democratic Club and the Sierra Club.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of Berkeley; a son, Peter, of Livermore; a daughter, Sue Mote of Vacaville; a sister, Mary Anne Ramsden of Long Beach and five grandchildren.
Ray A. Musgrave
June 19, 1920 died October 22, 1985
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, October 25, 1985
Memorial services will be held tomorrow for Ray A. Musgrave, 65, a veteran Bay Area newspaper sales manager. Mr. Musgrave, who had a history of heart problems, died Tuesday of heart failure at Oakland Ca.
An Oakland resident, Mr. Musgrave was the former Sunday newspaper street sales manager for the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, which distributes the combined Sunday San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. He held that job for 18 years until he retired in 1983.
Before his job with the Newspaper Agency, the Texas native worked for more than 20 years as street sales manager of the Oakland Tribune.
He also served in the merchant marine during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Dee; a daughter, Lizi Musgrave of Oakland, and two sons, William Musgrave of New York, and Roy Musgrave of Oakland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the University Christian Church, 2401 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley. The family requests donations to the Alameda County chapter of the American Heart Fund.
Ed was born on December 25, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Edward was a resident of Oakland, California at the time of his passing. He graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School, Oakland, in 1945. He entered the U. S. Army. Ed worked at the Oakland Tribune in the circulation department “Home Delivery” Ed was laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward
Dennis J. Oliver
May 20, 1963 - November 3, 2010
Dennis Oliver of Incline Village, Nev., passed away on November 3, 2010 following a serious, month-long illness. He was 47. Dennis was the Public Information Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and an extremely valued employee of the Agency over the last three and a half years, according to TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta.
Dennis spent over 27 years as a reporter, editor, writer, instructor, and communications professional, 3 years covering environmental policy, investigative news and special projects for the Oakland Tribune and 6 years as Director of Communications for California Alliance for Jobs where Dennis focused on promoting important public infrastructure projects.
Robin Orr Boone, born May 6, 1924 died January 5, 2000 in Contra Costa Ca. Oakland Tribune society columnist. She was 75. Ernest G Philpott (Orr) married Elizabeth Smith and had a daughter, her name was Robin L Orr in Alameda,Ca.
Robin married James L Duffy they had two sons, Scott Powell Duffy and James Ryan Duffy both born in Alameda
They divorced in the late 1950’s and she remarried Ivan P Sturman in 1960 in Alameda. They had a son his name is John O Sturman born in Alameda.
Then in the 1980’s she re-married his name was Dreyer and on January 5, 2000 Robin passed away.
Robin had her own column with Oakland Tribune Newspaper.
She was very good friends with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. She attended their Anugral Ball at the White House and took her sons with her. She was Nancy’s Press Secretary for a little while until she let it slip that Nancy slept with a gun under her pillow. After that I don’t know what kind of business she did, she was a very smart, kind and a lovely lady.
Raymond J Orrock
Beloved longtime humor columnist Raymond John Orrock died March 3, 2008 at his home in Fremont after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. He was 79.
His quirky columns entertained East Bay readers of the Hayward Argus, Tri-Valley Herald and the Oakland Tribune and other papers for more than 36 years. He retired at the end of 2006 but his employer sought to rerun the best of his past columns because of continuing reader requests. His oblique observations and skewed views also were recorded for posterity in the 1985 book "The Best of Orrock." Ray Orrock was born in Napa to Ray Sr. and Evelyn Orrock and graduated from St. John's Grammar School. He completed high school and college at St. Joseph's seminaries, where he obtained a classical education and graduated with a degree in philosophy. It was when he was in his early 40s, with a wife and five children, that he decided to abandon his job as an Alameda County caseworker and pursue a career in writing. He joked, "They made me an offer I couldn't refuse ... less money."
His son, Chris Orrock, said, "He had a real ability to connect with everyone, including celebrities who visited the Bay Area such as Donald O'Connor, Shirley MacLaine, Jay Leno and his favorite interview with Mel Blanc." Blanc was the voice of Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, among other cartoon characters. He interviewed and wrote about authors and business tycoons such as Ray Kroc of McDonald's fame, and exercised his license to write on any subject he chose.
Ray Orrock told his family that he did not want any funeral services and his cremated remains will be scattered by the Neptune Society. "However," he added, "if people want to have a drink, read some columns, and share a few laughs that's OK."
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Orrock, sons Chris and Mark Orrock, daughters Donna Boyle, Carol O'Brien and Eileen McGowan and eight grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother Jim and his wife Bev of Arizona; and his sister-in-law, Gail Orrock, wife of his deceased brother, Bill Orrock, of Napa.
William Thomas Ortman Jr.
William Thomas Ortman, Jr. June 21, 1920 - Dec. 26, 2010 Resident of Walnut Creek, CA William T. Ortman Jr. passed Dec. 26, 2010. He was survived by his sons, William Thomas Ortman III and Ronald Edward Ortman, daughter, Carole Ann Novitske, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was a decorated World War II veteran as well as a successful businessman serving as circulation manager of the Oakland Tribune. He was a caring and loving husband, father, and friend. He will be greatly missed. As his suffering has come to an end, may he rest in peace.
John Patrick O'Sullivan
March 10, 1941 - March 1, 2012
Resident of Castro Valley Was born in Oakland California on March 10, 1941 and went to be with God on March 1, 2012. For 42 years he was the Sweet Angel Husband to Donna. He was the cherished father of Michael and Jennifer and the loving Papa to Baby Jeannine and soon to be born Baby Megan. He was also the loving father in law to Dawn. John leaves behind many loving relatives and sweet, wonderful friends who stayed by his side to give him strength and comfort until he went to heaven. John was a graduate of St Elizabeths High School. He also attended Armstrong Business College. John was the proud owner of Glenview Hardware in Oakland. Before purchasing Glenview Hardware he worked as a Claims Investigator for many years and also worked for the Oakland Tribune. John was an avid football fan. John was a proud, gentle, sweet man who wanted nothing but a peaceful life surrounded by his loving relatives and friends. We love you so
Angela Cara Pancrazio
Angela Cara Pancrazio born March 30, 1957 died June 19, 2008 at her home in Phoenix. A Pulitzer Prize winning photographer at The Arizona Republic, who later became a well-respected writer and storyteller. She was 51 years old, and had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in May of 2007. Pancrazio won her Pulitzer when she worked at the Oakland Tribune. In the end, her Republic obituary says, "Angela was surrounded by those who loved her, more than a dozen of whom planted gardens in her honor this spring. The tomatoes are just beginning to ripen and the flowers are now blooming.
She joined The Arizona Republic in 1999 after a distinguished career at the (Portland) Oregonian, the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune. Pancrazio won the Pulitzer as a member of the staff of the Tribune for her work covering the Bay Area earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989.
In her career she covered presidential elections, floods and fallen soldiers, but she took immense satisfaction in giving full measure to small moments and obscure lives.
Pancrazio wrote about map makers and pawn-shops owners and hot dog vendors. She wrote about strip malls and boot makers and professional eaters. Artists, single mothers, and robot competitions.
Jack Hart, a writing coach and editor who worked with Pancrazio at the Oregonian, remembers one story that characterized her curious mind and work ethic.
"Angela noticed that the 45th parallel -the line halfway between the equator and the north pole - ran east-west through the middle of Oregon," Hart said.
"I knew that, too. But unlike me, Angela wondered who lived along that imaginary line. She headed out across Oregon, to deserts and wild canyons and dense forests, and documented the people she found living along the 45th parallel with words and pictures."
Pancrazio would embrace any method of telling a story. When pictures were not enough, she wrote. And when that was not enough, she used video.
"Angela is symbolic of the "renaissance" journalist. She had exceptional writing and storytelling skills, but she was able to bring her subjects to life through more than just words," said Randy Lovely, Editor and Vice President for News at The Arizona Republic. "Her photography was breathtaking and personal. And she was among our first reporters to embrace video as another way to connect readers to her stories." It is likely that Pancrazio took such good pictures because she wrote such strong stories. And vice versa.
"She saw things in the world that other people would drive by," said former editor Jacqueline Banaszynski. "She was never a drive-by journalist. Angela always got out of the car."
Pancrazio was remarkably patient with her subjects. She would follow a person for days to capture just the right moment with her camera. She would listen for hours waiting for the one quote that would reveal a person. see her work click link >>> go to Angela's photo gallery
November 29, 1925- November 26, 2010
Frank Pennock passed away on November 26, 2010, after a lengthy battle with many health problems, including cancer. He was born Frank Harvey Pennock, Jr., on November 29, 1925, in Alameda, California, to Frank Harvey Pennock and Marion Martine. He grew up in Walnut Creek, California, working in the shipyards and the Alameda Naval Air Station during his high school vacations, graduating from Acalanes High School in June of 1944.
He served in the Pacific during World War II in the Marine Corp. and the Merchant Marine. When the war ended, he "bummed" around by attending U.C. Berkeley, College of the Pacific, and the California College of Arts and Crafts, also working in the gambling halls of South Lake Tahoe, the Continental Can Company, and even racing midgets for a short time. He received a degree in Commercial Art from the Famous Artists Course of Westport, Connecticut, and joined the Editorial staff of the Oakland Tribune in 1950 as a "copy boy," then served as an Editorial Graphic Artist and photographer and Art Director of Parade Magazine.
Feb. 16, 1930 - Aug. 8, 2010
Cliff Pletschet was born Feb. 16, 1930 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada. He died in Oakland California on Aug. 8 2010. His father owned the "Kamsack Times," where Pletschet began working at age 7. Pletschet, longtime business editor and financial columnist, wrote personal investment columns that appeared in the Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area News Group newspapers for more than 30 years. He was very, very good at what he did, and he never had an unkind word for anyone.
His grandmother owned the movie theater in Kamsack, where Pletschet's lifelong love of movies began. He would occasionally pepper his columns with analogies from films such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Wall Street" to exemplify the good and evil the financial world poses. "Cliff wanted to educate people how to take care of their money rather than have them be told how to take care of their money," said Pletschet's wife, Fran, who will continue his monthly investment newsletter along with their son Bernie.
Pletschet, who began working for the Oakland Tribune in 1956, started writing columns on personal investing in 1979 and wrote two columns a week until the spring of 2010. Pletschet tried to educate and inform readers in plain, easy-to-understand language, said Drew Voros, business editor for BANG's East Bay papers.
"Cliff's goal was to help readers understand investments so they could make their own choices. He wanted to empower investors," Voros said. "His conservative investment advice came from decades of observing an ever-changing financial landscape."
Pletschet also served as business editor for the Oakland Tribune, but his real love was writing columns that deciphered the investment world. He often said that he knew what people needed: education and information to make better investment choices.
Ronald "Ron" Popp
Ronald Popp, 64, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 in Dumas. A Private family burial was conducted at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sunray. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 500 N. Maddox. Mr. Popp was a retired truck driver for the Oakland Tribune. Survivors include a son, Paul Popp of California; and a daughter, Rebecca Garland of Sunray.
Patricia Kennedy Radin
Patricia a longtime Bay Area journalist who worked many years as an Oakland Tribune reporter and night editor, and at newspapers in the Livermore-Pleasanton area, died Saturday night June 1, 2003 at her home in Oakland. She was 57. A family member said the cause of death apparently was a heart attack. Patricia Radin was an award-winning journalist and editor who made a mid-life career change to academia after many years of working at daily newspapers. She went back to school to obtain advanced degrees – a master's degree in science and technology policy at the Research Policy Institute at the University of Lund, Sweden, and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Washington, Seattle – and was hired as an assistant professor of communication at California State University – Hayward.
William L. "Billy" Raimondi
William L. "Billy" Raimondi 1912 - 2010 Resident of Alameda William L. ("Billy") Raimondi was born in San Francisco on December 1, 1912, passed away in Alameda October 18,2010 and was raised in Oakland. Billy began his professional baseball career in Phoenix, AZ in 1931 soon after graduating from McClymonds High School. At the age of 18, baseball enabled him to help support his mother, five brothers, and sister after their father was killed in a hit and run accident near their home in West Oakland. When the Arizona-Texas League folded during the depression in 1932, Billy was sent from the Bisbee team to the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League, where he would become a mainstay for the next 17 years. Billy was an All-Star catcher for 16 of his 22-year PCL career which ended in 1954 with the Los Angeles Angels. As a catcher, he averaged 131 games a year during his first 17 years, playing a high of 154 games in 1934. Billy's best chance at the major leagues came in 1936 when the Yankees sold his contract to Cincinnati. Although he started the season in Reds uniform, he developed a bad arm. After sitting out most of that season, he returned to the Oaks where he stayed through the 1948 pennant-winning season under Casey Stengel. Billy was the last surviving regular member of that team. Billy was noted for being a smart player, timely hitter, and an outstanding defensive catcher who worked well with pitchers. His lifetime batting average was 274. He was one of the first catchers to wear glasses behind the plate. He was also one of the rare players who were adept at stealing home - something he did several times during his career. In one game, he played every position, and he managed the Oaks for half of the 1945 season. After baseball, he worked many years for the Forman Supply Company and later retired from the Circulation Department of the Oakland Tribune. Ironically, his first job was selling newspapers as a school boy. Billy is survived by his wife of 73 years, Frances. His 3 children, daughters June (Jim) Ogden and Judy Harris, son Bill (Cathy) Raimondi Jr. Eight grandchildren and 13 great children, sister Lorraine Dahl.
Frank Angelo Ratto
Born February 9, 1927 passed away Sunday afternoon March 21, 2004. Frank made Alameda his lifelong home. Predeceased by his wife, Ina, he is survived by his daughter Karen, son Mike, daughter-in-law Lisa and many other relatives. Frank loved his family, friends, job and life in Alameda. Keeping in touch with everyone was important to him, as were the road trips he enjoyed taking to visit loved ones. He worked hard to provide for his family and loved his jobs at the Oakland Tribune and Post Enquirer for over 40 years before retiring. Similarly, he was a wealth of information on Alameda history and was very interested and active in civic affairs, such as fighting Urban Renewal, campaigning for his favorite candidates, reviving Historic Alameda High School, supporting Measure 4 and working at the Mayor's 4th of July Parade. Frank maintained faithful membership in the Catholic Charity, Ligure Club, Tribune Go-Getters and the Historic Alameda High School Foundation.
Alfred Pierce Reck
June 25, 1897 - April 18, 1967
Former Tribune City Editor Alfred Pierce Reck, a man who launched countless newspaper careers —but none as colorful as his own — died today after a long illness. He was 69.
His death at Peralta Hospital came almost five years after his retirement from The Oakland Tribune, where he had worked 26 years, 22 of them as city editor.
Many of the bylines that appear in The Tribune today wouldn't be there if he hadn't possessed a singular ability to see beyond the tinny brashness of the young reporters given into his keeping over the years.
The men and women who learned their craft from Mr. Reck, a restless soul, recognized him as a professional. He was a product of an era when newspapers expressed the American conscience and journalism was a brawling art. He began his career as a reporter in 1919 in his native Piqua, Ohio, after an Army tour in World War I that read like an adventure novel. Commissioned b e f o r e he was 21, he was wounded, left for dead in the field for three days, captured by the Germa n s, escaped, recaptured and finally released on Christmas morning of 1918.
He returned to Piqua something of a local hero, with a reputation that helped land him his job on the weekly Call. His ability to recognize and write the news soon became apparent, and in less than a year he moved from the 4.000-circulation Call to the 40,000-p e r-d a y Dayton Journal.
It wasnt long before he moved again, this time to Washington as a congressman's secretary, a post he
held long enough to nail down some of the news sources that were to serve him well for the
rest of his life. Finally, in 1924, after interrupting his Washington sojourn long enough to work for
a while as a free-lance foreign correspondent in South Africa,
Mr. Reck, by his own admission, couldn't hold still. It wasn't because he was a drifter. It was just that his urgent sense of history-in-tbe-making demanded action. He pursued the breaking news wherever it seemed to be breaking the fastest, from Lima to the Tampa, Fla., Tribune, to the Washington News, to the old United Press, to the Deseret News in Salt Lake City and finally to the Tribune.
Obituaries of newspapermen are sometimes overenthusiastic, since they are v r i 11 e n by newspapermen. But it is no "overstatement to say that Mr. Reck, who approach d each story with grace and determination, was one of the greats.
The old-timers of United Press r e m e m b e r him for jury-rigging a wireless set out of car batteries during a killer hurricane to become the only voice out of the stricken and isolated city of Miami.
Mr. Reck, who lived in Grinda, is survived by his widow.Pat, to whom he was married 30 years, and a son, Michael, a writer now living in Germany.
May 21, 1922 - May 15, 1992
Reed, a former Oakland Tribune photographer known for his aerial pictures, died Friday May 15, 1992 in Walnut Creek, Calif., of kidney failure. He was 69. He was a staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune from 1946 to 1983. He shot spectacular photos of fires, earthquake damage, floods and other disasters from the air. Alex Haley, author of Roots, once wrote an article about Reed titled, Newsman on the Run. In 1948 Reed won a first-place prize from the National Press Photographers Association for best news picture. Reed also won the sports photograph of the year award from Life Magazine in 1952 of the Stock car pile up at the Oakland Speedway.Photographer Russell Reed won a number of national awards for the Oakland Tribune and served on its staff for more than forty years. The Bay Area newspaper had emphasized photojournalism beginning in 1905 with its hiring of Jack Gunin, who was probably the West's first full-time news photographer. In 1995 the paper, founded in 1874, donated its photo "morgue" to the Oakland Museum of California.
John Gordon (Bud) Riendeau
John (Bud) Gordon Riendeau Mar. 5, 1932 - Dec. 30 2010 Resident of San Leandro, CA Survived by his wife, Jan, the love of his life, son Jeff (Heather), daughter Misty (Ernesto), daughter Kathy (Rick), son Steve (Terri), daughter Tami. Grandchildren - Garrett, Tyler, Adam, Travis (Sara), Jason, Jenni, Eric, Megan, Matt, Kate and Melissa. Loving Mother-In-Law Florence Silva. Sisters - Lois, Dorothy, Joanne, and Virginia. Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Retired from the Oakland Tribune (35 years) and a St. Elizabeth Alumni. Loved his family, golf and a good joke. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and caring and loving nature.
Norman Henry Ripley
September 6, 1922 - August 31, 2002
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Thursday, September 5, 2002
Norman Henry Ripley, 79, died on August 31, 2002 on the Island of Maui. He was born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts, graduating from Haverhill High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Marines and was in the First Division at Guadalcanal receiving a purple heart. After the war he remained in California where he met and married Maxine Mildred George with whom he shared a profound love. They had a daughter, Cheryl, in 1950. Norman was employed at the Martinez Gazette and for over 25 years at the Oakland Tribune. Norman had a natural ability to bring a smile to any face.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl, son-in-law, Walt Trembley, 2 grandchildren, Devon and Stephen Trembley; sister, Irene Sweeney; brother, Richard Ripley; and many nieces and nephews.
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Friday, October 20, 2006
Hal Risdon, a top rewrite man on the Oakland Tribune staff in the 1940s and 1950s, who later served as the paper's labor editor, has died at his Crescent City home. He was 87.
After leaving the Tribune in the late 1960s, Mr. Risdon became head of public relations for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a post he held for several years.
"What I recall most is that Hal was a very impartial labor editor and had the trust of Bay Area labor leaders," said Bob Heisey, a longtime Tribune colleague.
Morton Cathro, another co-worker, remembers Risdon as a "tall, handsome redhead whose booming baritone and hearty laugh frequently rose above the noisy clatter of typewriters in the city room. "He was the first person I saw and heard when I walked in to apply for a job as a copy boy in the summer of 1941," Cathro said. "I quickly came to admire him as a diligent reporter, fine rewrite man and meticulous interviewer who routinely called back his sources to verify facts and pin down exact quotes."
While in retirement in Crescent City, Risdon expanded his record collection, tinkered with vintage automobiles and spent time at his cabin at Cedar Ridge in the Sierra, Heisey said. "He was nearly hit on the head by a huge sugar pine cone when he walked outside one day. From then on, he always wore his PG&E hard hat while in the yard."
Mr. Risdon was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, and their artist son, Bill. There were no services.
Don Harry Roloff
September 16, 1936 - January 29, 2012
A resident of Martinez Don Harry Roloff died unexpectedly at home in Martinez, California on January 29, 2012. Don was born September 16, 1936 to Emil and Geraldine Roloff in Olympia, Washington. Graduated from Olympia High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve in San Diego starting in 1958. Don was an avid sailor during his youth, and voyaged during the 1960s and 1970s to many parts of the globe, including Europe, Mexico, and South America. Don had a long and distinguished career as a typesetter and printer for newspapers both in Washington and California. These included the Daily Olympian, Seattle Times and a 35-year career with the Oakland Tribune. Don shared his love of jazz music with friends and relatives alike, and was an accomplished photographer and avid fan of the Oakland Raiders and Athletics. Don is preceded in death by both parents. Don is survived by his wife, Chris (Gould, Dunham) Roloff of Martinez, wed 8/08/88; brother, Robert Roloff of Spokane, Wa.; sister, Mryna Niedermeyer, of Vancouver, Wa.; 3 nephews, 2 nieces, 6 great-nephews and nieces, and many dear friends from both Washington and California. Donations may be made to Don's favorite charity, Guide Dogs For the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915.
Edward William Rogers
Sept. 9, 1924 ~ Nov. 6, 2012
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Edward Williams Rogers resident of Concord Born in Oakland, CA. He served in the US Army during World War II. He married Marie Adams, who has preceded him in death. He worked as a Photographer at the Oakland Tribune for over 25 years. Ed and Marie raised 3 children and had 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. Ed passed Nov. 6, 2012 to cancer and heart failure. In place of flowers, please donate to Hospice of the Foothills. Services are to be held at 12:00-noon Saturday, Nov. 24, at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA, 94544. Donations can be sent to: Hospice of the Foothills; 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945. hospiceofthefoothills.org
Raymond John Salonen
June 18, 1924 - August 22, 2006
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Saturday, August 26, 2006
A resident of Walnut Creek died at the age of 82. Born June 18, 1924, in Berkeley, he was the son of John and Greta Salonen, both emigrants from Finland. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria Burgan Salonen, and his sister Elizabeth Gustafson of Hamilton, Montana.
He is also survived by his four children, daughters, Kathleen Yowell and Karen Anderson of Chowchilla; son, Kenneth Salonen and wife, Leslie of El Cerrito, and son, Keith Salonen and wife, Donna of Ukiah. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
When Raymond was a young boy, the only language spoken at home was Finnish. The first time he heard English was when his older sister Elizabeth brought it home from school, and he was a quick learner. He graduated from Berkeley High School.
During World War II, Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Here he honed skills learned in high school in the trade of printing, which became his career. He worked briefly as a printer for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. In 1949 Raymond began a 40-year career as a printer for the Oakland Tribune, retiring in 1989. He was a proud member of the International Typographical Union. His work ethic has had a great influence on all of his children.
Raymond and Gloria moved to Walnut Creek in 1950, wanting to raise their family in a quiet, rural setting. He had fond childhood memories of going on picnics with his parents in the Walnut Creek countryside. Ray and Gloria have never moved from this home.
An avid baseball fan, Raymond enjoyed trips with family to see the San Francisco Giants play throughout the years. He remained active with the Diablo Bowling Association. Enjoying all sports, Ray was a charter member of Sports Illustrated. He was also a member of the United Kaleva Finnish Brothers and Sisters, Lodge #21.
Following a stroke, Raymond received wonderful hospice care in his final days at the Bruns House.
He is remembered by friends and family as an all-around nice guy, reliable, friendly, patient, and beloved by his family. He was especially proud that all four of his children graduated from college.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, followed by a memorial gathering at D.V.R.A., 2515 San Miguel Drive, Walnut Creek.
Karen Engelen Schulke
Karen passed away on her 73rd Birthday Dec. 17, 2011 following a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 45 years Bob Schulke. They were a loving couple and constant companions for over 50 years.
During Bobs 5 years as an Oakland Tribune reporter/ photographer/re-write man in the l960s and President of the East Bay Press Club from 1969 to 1971, Karen became a popular figure in East Bay media circles. Her always-sunny personality made her a favorite with my fellow journalists.
Karen is credited by many to have come up with the name “Tower Connection” for the Go-Getters newsletter many years ago when leaders of the “Go-Getters Club” decided to rename the newsletter to better reflect the Club’s growing and diversified membership. "We both were always very proud of that".
Karen was the first woman chosen to lead the Northern California Grocers Association, a Sacramento-based trade group representing independent grocers and suppliers from Bakersfield to Oregon. She joined the group in 1975 as director of member activities and was named president and chief executive officer in 1986
Submitted by Bob Schulke.
Oakland Tribune's Catherine Schutz, known for her love of the theater, has died at age 59 from breast cancer. She was assistant features editor from 1997 until last year when she went on medical leave. After graduating from UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, she was a reporter and city editor at the Berkeley Daily Gazette. She also worked for the Richmond Independent before coming to the Oakland Tribune, where she was an assistant city editor and city editor in the 1990s. An obituary in the Tribune points out that community theater was her passion. Since 1976, she had been involved with the Contra Costa Civic Theater where, in her own words, she served as a "chorus girl, costumiere, board member, photographer, publicist and all-around utility infielder.
John Serpa Jr
March 6, 1927 - May 6, 2014
John Serpa Jr, 87, Born March 6, 1927 in Alameda CA. He died Monday May 6, 2014 at his home in Twain Harte CA. John's employment with the Oakland Tribune started in 1943 where he worked in the Home-Delivery department. There he was assigned working as a District Advisor in Southern Zone. He was active playing with his fellow employees on the Tribune Softball and Basketball teams in the earlier years.
John Bellison remembers Mr. Serpa as being a compassionate and gracious individual".
John Lamm added; "He was a very pleasant person, I don't know anyone who did not like him".
There was not much written about John Serpa Jr in his death notice. Anyone having any information may contact us and we will add it to this posting.
Larry R. Shannon
March 17, 1937 - July 31, 2004
Watertown Daily Times (NY) - Sunday, August 8, 2004
Deceased Name: LARRY R. SHANNON, 67, DIES WAS NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR
Larry R. Shannon, a retired writer and editor for The New York Times, died July 31 at his home in Toms River, N.J. He was 67 and a former resident of Glen Rock, N.J.
The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Jan.
Shannon joined The Times in 1967, working as a copy editor on the foreign desk and then as an assistant foreign editor before moving to the Travel section in 1978; he retired as an editor there in 1997. For a decade, under the byline L.R. Shannon, he also wrote a column called Peripherals, about computer accessories, for the Science Times section. With his wife, Shannon wrote "Welcome to Home-Based Business Computing" (John Wiley & Sons, 1995), which remains in print.
After retirement, he continued to write monthly Cyberscout columns in the Travel section about travel and shopping tips available on the Internet.
A native of San Francisco, Shannon attended San Francisco State College (now University). He joined The Oakland Tribune as an editor in 1958.
Albert Abraham Simon
December 24, 1918 - March 26, 2005
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Albert A Simon died March 26, 2005 at Piedmont CA. He was 92. He was a loving father of Harry Simon, Ronald Simon, Ellen Simon-Kotkin and Jacqueline Simon. Mr. Simon was longtime employee of the Oakland Tribune as an Editorial Telegrapher, and a loyal member of Teamsters Local 7. Graveside service will be held at Home of Peace Cemetery, 4712 Fairfax Avenue, Oakland, Tuesday, March 29th at 1:00 p.m.
Lorraine Jeanette Smith
Placer Herald, The (Rocklin, CA) - Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Lorraine Jeanette Smith 10/17/1926 - 2/28/2006 Lorraine Smith, born October 17, 1926 Anyox, B.C., Canada, passed away surrounded by her family February 28, 2006 in Auburn, (Lake of the Pines) CA. A graduate of Berkeley High School, CA. Class of 1944. Former U.S. Marine, WWII. Employed at the Oakland Tribune and Oakland Housing Authority for many years. Survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Gerald A. Smith; daughter Kathie A Overman and husband, Jim Overman of Fremont, CA; son Donald G. Doran and wife Debra of Pahoa HI; son Daniel W. Doran of Santa Cruz, CA; her stepdaughter Stephanie A. Hutchens of Greensboro, N.C.; stepson David A. Smith of Fremont, CA; grandchildren Jennifer Turner and family of Oakland, CA; Joshua Overman and Tiffany Indorante of Fremont, CA; Marley Doran of Honolulu, HI.; Scott Wangsness and family of Quebec, Canada; Jennifer Hutchens and family of High Point N.C.; Julie Delesdernier and family of Charlotte, N.C., and Jillian Hutchens of Raleigh, N.C. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Remembrances maybe made to the American Heart Association, The American Heart Assoc. or Auburn Hospice. Arrangements in Chapel of the Angels Mortuary, Grass Valley, CA. (530) 273-2446.
William “Bill” Soto
March 6, 1930 - December 25, 1971
Tribune Driver Bill Soto
Soto Dies in Crash CONCORD – William Soto, a Tribune circulation driver, was killed Saturday when his truck, laden with Christmas Day newspapers, ran off Kirker Pass Road and down a steep ravine, the California Highway Patrol reported. Soto, 41, of 2686 74th Ave., Oakland, 'had been traveling south at the foot of Kirker Pass Road near C l a y t o n Road, a mile northeast of here, sometime between 6 am. and 8 a.m., the CHP said.
There was no immediate indication why the truck left the road. The accident apparently was not discovered for some time, and it took until 1:10p.m. to remove the wreckage and the victim.
Mr. Soto, a native of Berkeley and a graduate of Fremont High School in Oakland, was a Tribune circulation employee for over 18 years—on the loading docks, as a truck driver, as a district adviser for more than 2 years, and again as a driver for the past two years.
He was a member of the board of directors o baseball's Babe Ruth League of Metropolitan Oakland, a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Oakland, and a member of Local 96 of the Teamsters Union. Surviving are his wife, Florence; a son, David; two daughters, Lori and Katfay; his mother, Mrs. Leonora Soto of Oakland; a sister, Mrs. Eleanor Cappa of Union City; and six brothers, Herbert of Oakland, Joseph of Castro Valley, Manuel of San Leandro, Arthur of Hayward, Arnold of San Lorenzo and Raymond of Union City.
Arthur Soto was "a-former middleweight boxer. Funeral arrangements, to be handled by the Charles P. Bannon Mortuary of Oakland
Stephen Allen Still
Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Stephen Allen Still, a former editor at the Oakland Tribune and a man whose devotion and interest in people and his community led to work with the Boy Scouts of America, the Knights of Columbus and the Association of Catholic Newsmen, died Sept. 5 in Oakland. He was 86.
Mr. Still began his journalism career in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Born there June 2, 1919, Mr. Still graduated from Akron's Garfield High School in 1937 and went on to take night classes at Akron University for three years while working at the Akron Times-Press and the Akron Beacon Journal.
His journalism career was interrupted for service in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. During that stint, he met his future wife, Constantine Stedman Still.
"He was in the Navy in World War II, and his ship came into San Francisco," said daughter Stephanie Still. "While he was here, he met my mother. He stayed in California and married (her)."
The two were married in Berkeley on Oct. 2, 1943. Once settled in California, Mr. Still found work first at the Richmond Independent from 1945 to 1950 and then at the Oroville Mercury from 1950 to 1953.
"He was always interested in the newspaper business," said his daughter. "He was very interested in people and their stories. He was also very interested in the truth about situations and events. ... He had that nose for news that people talk about."
Mr. Still began working at the Oakland Tribune in 1953 and was awarded the Joseph R. Knowland award as a reporter in 1956. He became an assistant state editor in 1957 and then state editor in 1959. By 1964, he was a managing editor, and in 1974 he was named an executive editor and later an editorial business director.
In 1966, Mr. Still testified in the case of Annette Buchanan, a 20-year-old editor of the University of Oregon student newspaper who refused to identify sources in a story she had written. Mr. Still testified, "The protection of the integrity of a news source is probably the first tenet in the practice of a reporter." Later he stated "in most instances the tenet rises above the law."
In addition to his journalistic work, Mr. Still was deeply involved in community efforts. He served as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Serra Club and was decorated a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory. He worked extensively with the Boy Scouts of America, served on the Providence Hospital Advisory Board and on the Peralta Colleges Vocational Education Advisory Council. In 1970, Mr. Still was elected president of the Association of Catholic Newsmen.
"He believed that everybody had a responsibility to help the common good and to build up the community," said his daughter.
After retiring from the Tribune, Mr. Still worked in the public relations department of St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Still is survived by sons Timothy B. Still and Michael A. Still, sister Emily Williams and three grandchildren.
Died at her home in Oakland, CA, June 2, 2009, of aspiration pneumonia, her family at her side. She was 87 years young. Born as a New Year's baby on January 1, 1922, at her parents' home in Vallejo, CA; in a Murphy Bed. Peggy was a widely known Bay Area newswoman for seven decades. Beginning her career in 1942 at the San Jose Mercury News, then moving to the Oakland Post Enquirer during WWII. In mid 1950s, she covered politics at Oakland City Hall for the Oakland Montclarion and later was Associate Editor of the Oakland Tribune and Editor of the Editorial Page Subsequently the Tribune used her talents as a columnist reporting the Oakland-East Bay. She also worked as reporter for KQED's prestigious Newsroom on Channel 9 and KTVU Channel 2 News. Peggy took a time-out of her news work in the 1970s and was elected a member of the Oakland Board of Education where she became president, an alternating post. After serving three political terms on the School Board, she taught at the School of Journalism at U. C. Berkeley. She is survived by her husband, Robert Stinnett of Oakland, their children Colleen Badagliacco of Morgan Hill, former president of the California Association of Realtors and Jim Stinnett, of San Francisco, Computer Analyst for the San Mateo Union High School District.
B.R. "Bill" Stokes
1924 - 2013
Former BART General Manger B.R. (Bill) Stokes passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 15, at his daughter’s home in Sammamish, Wash. He was 89. Stokes was considered a pioneer in the advancement of public transit, achieving national and international acclaim. Joan, his wife of 61 years, died in 2011 in their home in Reston, Va.
In early 1958, not long after a five-county BART District was created by the state Legislature, Stokes became its first employee as Director of Information. He was 34 at the time. The previous 12 years he had been an Urban Affairs writer for the Oakland Tribune, often writing about the need for a regional rapid transit system during the postwar building boom. In his new job he immediately set about establishing the fledgling transit district as a legitimate endeavor, though many at the time didn’t believe it. The five counties making up the District were Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Between 1958 and 1962 Stokes’ primary responsibility was to develop and carry out a comprehensive information program about the rapid transit plan and its potential benefits to the Bay Area.
Born in Oklahoma in 1924, Billy Richard Stokes was an officer aboard a destroyer during World War II. After the Navy and college he went to work for the Oakland Tribune. He is survived by four children: Timothy Stokes of Berkeley; Leigh Stokes of Sammamish, Wash.; Lindsey Stokes of Santa Rosa; and Celia Stokes of Frederick, Md.; and six grandchildren
William A. (Bill) Stroble
San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Sunday, February 4, 1996
During his long and varied career as a reporter, columnist and feature writer, William A. ''Bill'' Strobel was known for writing stories so beautifully crafted and styled that his editors enjoyed reading them as much as the newspaper's readers.
''There were some stories that some people just didn't want to do,'' said Joanne Grant, a longtime friend and colleague of Mr. Strobel, who wrote for the San Jose Mercury News from 1973 until his retirement in the late 1980s. ''He would turn them into little masterpieces.''
''He was a tremendous writer who could take anything and turn it into a good story. He just had the magical touch.''
Mr. Strobel's newspaper career at the Mercury News and Oakland Tribune, spanning more than 40 years, was punctuated by other jobs, most notably serving as assistant press secretary for Gov. Ronald Reagan from 1967 to 1972. He also worked in public relations for Harrah's in South Lake Tahoe and for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco and San Jose, and as communications director for the state Republican Central Committee.
But Mr. Strobel always returned to newspapering. Among his fellow reporters, he was not only respected for his writing ability but for his sensitivity for people and a wry sense of humor. He retained those characteristics even as he battled cancer in recent months, succumbing Friday at age 69.
Robert Byron Summers
February 14, 1926 - March 12, 2013
Robert Byron Summers Resident of Walnut Creek Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma - moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma at age five with his sister Marilyn, and then to Oakland, California at age twelve. Graduated from Oakland Tech High School and immediately enlisted in the army and fought in World War II in France. After being discharged with honors, he returned home and married Patricia Louise Hunt and moved to Walnut Creek in 1953 where he has resided for the last 60 years while raising three sons. After losing his wife Pat in 1972, he was then married to Margaret (Peggy) Hunt in 1974 until her passing in 2001. Bob, as he was called by his friends, was an avid tennis player and loved camping, fishing and most outdoor sports. He also was one of the founding members of Larkey Private Swim Club in Walnut Creek. He retired from the Oakland Tribune after 35 years. Bob is Survived by his sons Bob, David and Jim, Niece Ann Elsbach, Daughters-in- Law Debbie, Cecily and Jackie, Grandchildren Ryan (Stacy), Michael (Gina), Kelly (Walter), Erin, Kameryn, Josh, Sean, Alexander, Jacqueline and Melissa and Great Grand Children Ana, Makaela, Sophie, Tyler, Jonathan and Nicholas. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral ceremonies will be private with family only - a Celebration of Life will be announced for sometime in May. In Lieu of flowers - contributions to the Bruns House Hospice of the East Bay would be appreciated.
Lee Susman, an award-winning cartoonist whose drawings graced the Oakland Tribune sports pages for more than 35 years, died on Sunday Jan 12, 2012 . The Emeryville resident was 94. Susman's cartoons depicting local college and pro football teams, baseball teams and basketball teams appeared in the Tribune from 1946 until his retirement in 1983. In addition to his popular newspaper drawings, Susman designed the logos for the Oakland Oaks and Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League as well as the Oakland Oaks of the American Basketball Association.
Susman was inducted into the PCL Hall of Fame in 2008.
"Cartooning was just something I loved to do, and I was lucky enough to make a decent living at it," Susman told former Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse for a 2007 article. "And it's nice to be recognized; an ego trip."
Leland "Lee" Stanford Susman was born in San Francisco on July 27, 1917. He grew up in San Francisco, attending Galileo High School, the California School of Fine Arts and the College of Advertising Fine Arts. His father, Leo Henry Susman, was a San Francisco Law School instructor. Both of Lee Susman's parents died by the time he was 11. He was raised by a stepmother.
Susman was a self-described "sports nut," who began working for an advertising agency in 1937. In 1939, Susman won a competition to draw a comic strip for the San Francisco Call-Bulletin newspaper. After spending five years in the Navy during World War II, the Tribune hired Susman as a sports cartoonist. That year, he created "The Lil' Acorn," the Oaks' mascot.
Susman's cartoons included daily Oakland A's updates featuring mascot "Charlie O," Instant Replay, a twice weekly college football cartoon, and Sportlight, a daily cartoon of the national sports scene.
A longtime El Cerrito resident before moving to Emeryville, Susman was preceded in death by his wife of 15 years, Cathryne Violet Susman, who passed away at the age of 91 on Oct. 23.
Frederick Curtis "Curt" Sutliff
Frederick Curtis "Curt" Sutliff, a 1953 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, died Aug. 18, 2005 in Sacramento, Calif., after a long illness. He was 70 years old.
He was the son of the late Josephine and Ray Sutliff, former city editor and editorial writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Mr. Sutliff served aboard the U.S.S. Leary as a radar man while the destroyer was assigned to the Mediterranean fleet. After graduating from Ohio State University, he worked for the Oakland Tribune in California In the early 1980's, he moved to Sacramento where he worked for the California Dept. of Fish and Game, before retiring in 1995. An avid birder and naturalist, he authored several pamphlets about good birding locations.
He is survived by his brother, David of Park City, Utah; sister, Carol Jordan of Brunswick, Ohio; sons, Ray Curtis Sutliff II of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Timothy Edward Sutliff of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
June 9, 1922 - October 22, 2001
Loving and loyal husband, father, and friend. Survivied by wife, Tomoye Katayama Tatai; and daughter, Sharon Kei Tatai. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah; resident of Oakland for the past 51 years. Member of the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, Company E, World War II and reporter for the Stars and Stripes. Graduate of the University of Utah, 1949 (BA) and 1951 (MS). Sports reporter for the Oakland Tribune 1951-1961 and Collegiate Baseball. Teacher for the Oakland Public Schools (1970-1987). In lieu of flowers, send contributions to: University of Utah, Development Office, attention Tina Burton, Campaign for Communications - Communications Department Fund, 201 President's Circle, Room 304, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.
Richard Edward Teske
Juy 22, 1944 - November 10, 2012
Richard Edward Teske, age 68, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a result of a sudden heart attack on Wednesday November 7th, the morning of the day he was supposed to be admitted to the hospital for carotid artery surgery.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday November 17, 2012 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Internment will be in the columbarium at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.
Richard Edward Teske was born July 22, 1944, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Otto and Catherine (Paulus) Teske. He lived most of his adult life in the Alameda/San Francisco Bay area of California. The last four years of his life was spent in the Yankton, South Dakota area near his sister, Nicci Fiedler. Richard served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in the fall of 1963. On October 17, 1970 he married Kimberly White.
Richard's career in life was spent in the circulation and distribution management areas of the newspaper industry. From the late 60's to the early 80's he worked at the Oakland Tribune. He later became the circulation manager for the USA Today during its early years. The rest of his working years he ventured out on his own and established Sales Technology Inc. (STI). His company serviced the circulation and distribution needs of a variety of California and national publications.
Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Yankton Senior Citizens Center. He attended Mass faithfully every Sunday at the Mount Marty Peace Chapel. His friendly spirit and determined attitude touched the lives of everyone he met.
Richard will be greatly missed by his stepchildren: Jon White of Alameda, California; Aimee Jensen of Hayward, California; Denise Poole of Clio, California; and Amber Cooper of Fresno, California; one brother, Bob Teske of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and one sister Nicci Fiedler of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kimberly; and two sisters: Orita Liska and Audrey Eels.
Michael Trainor a Resident of Modesto, CA After battling brain cancer for seven months, dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and loving friend of many, died peacefully on Saturday, September 8 surrounded by his family and dear friends at his side.
Mike was born in Oakland to Mary and Patrick Trainor and has lived in the Modesto area for the past twenty seven years. Mike grew up in Oakland, starting his long newspaper career at the Oakland Tribune in 1968 where he held various positions before being recruited to launch the USA Today in the Northern California Market. After returning to The Oakland Tribune as Assistant to the Circulation Director for two years, he was hired as the Circulation Director of The Modesto Bee and held that position for 15 years retiring as their Plant Operations Manager after 23 years of dedicated service.
Mike was greatly respected for his tireless work ethic, his strive for perfection and his genuine concern for others. Mike was very giving, supportive, tactical, and capable in all areas of his life; he was the one that was always there for anyone that needed help, sometimes dropping everything at a moment's notice-just to help. Mike will be remembered by many as one that always took the time to listen and offer sound advice or strength to help them get through their challenges. He was an inspirational leader and enjoyed motivating those around him with his can-do attitude and positive approach to life's hurdles. Mike kept this positive spirit even in the biggest challenge of his life during these last seven months, continuing that legacy and providing an amazing road-map to all those who loved and respected him. Mike enjoyed his yearly Fantasy Football, guys trips, golf, fishing, swimming, video poker, gardening, bbq's, camping, entertaining and just being with his friends and family having fun. His fashion sense was another thing that defined him, as he always took great pride in an appropriate approach to life's pomp and circumstance.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Fleshman and Patrick Trainor. Mike leaves his best friend, wife and soul mate Jeri; loving son Mike Trainor (Lori) of Rocklin; loving daughter Shelley Denison (Steve) of Orange; and loving daughter Lyndsay Posey of Los Angeles. He will be dearly missed by sister Patti Trainor (Pete) of Oakland; sister Peggi Dumas of Oakland and sister in law Teri O'Neal Boring (David) of Modesto. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren; Tyler Van Loon of Orange; Ryan and Samuel Trainor of Rocklin, cousins, nieces, nephews and his beloved dogs Boo Boo and Bella as well as his extended brothers and sisters. A memorial and celebration of Mike's life will be held on Friday, September 21 at 1:00 at Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto.
Raymond Truscott Resident of Hayward Our dearest daddy left this world in the early morning hours of Aug. 12, 2013 in Hayward, CA after a months-long illness and physical struggles from which he is now free. He is now with those who went before and whom he loved dearly. Predeceased by his first wife, Alice May Carter Truscott (1967), his second wife, Helen Sekva Truscott (2005) and his grandson, Justin Raymond Altvater (2006), his brothers James and Richard and his sister Myra. Ray leaves behind his two daughters, Alice Lynne (Berkeley, CA) and Margaret Ann Truscott (Clayton, NC), and his brother Victor David Truscott (New York). He also leaves his dearly loved nieces : Judi Van Gorder (Robert), Denise Truscott (Gary), Tricia Truscott (Michael), Krista "Kitty" Truscott, and nephews Richard Kent Truscott, and Craig Truscott (Alyse), Stephen Truscott (Diane), Daniel Truscott. Ray was born in Grass Valley CA to James C. Truscott and Elizabeth Grace Bartle, the 4th child and 3rd son of a hard rock miner, working in the Empire Mine. The family relocated to Oakland, CA in the 1920's and Ray and his siblings grew up in Oakland. Ray graduated from Oakland Technical HS, worked in various positions in grocery stores (produce), at the very first "Caspers" hot dog stand in Oakland and as a driver of an "elephant train" tourist bus at the San Francisco Worlds Fair and Exposition during the 1930's. With the onset of WWII, Raymond volunteered for the Army in 1941 and served in the Army Air Corp as a Second Lieutenant until 1945. He flew the P-47 fighter he called "L'il Joe" in Italy and North Africa until his plane was hit, destroying his landing gear and he limped back to base, landing his aircraft upside down but surviving, albeit with broken cervical vertebrae which ended his flying and military career. After returning home to recover (which he did, completely), he met the love of his life, Alice (a WAVE from North Dakota) whom he married a bare 6 weeks after meeting her and went on to start a family. Ray entered the newspaper business in circulation, first with the Redwood City Tribune, ultimately working across the Bay Area for the San Jose Mercury, Hayward Daily Review, SF Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune before retiring Ever a gentleman, a self-taught scholar and John Wayne aficionado, we will sorely miss his gentle humor, off-kilter smile and twinkling eyes as he demonstrated in so many ways over so many years, the love he had for each of us. Into the Wild Blue, daddy. Our hearts fly with you.
Published in Inside Bay Area on August 25, 2013
Floyd A. Tucker
Floyd A. Tucker Jr. a former international vice president of the Newspaper Guild and a veteran Bay Area newsman, died Monday after battling a brain tumor for several months. He was 76. For 12 years until his retirement in 1997, Mr. Tucker served as the editor of the California Labor Federation's bulletin, which won several national awards during his tenure.
Mr. Tucker's newspaper career began in 1951 in Sacramento, when he started work as an office boy for United Press Associations, a news agency formed in the early 1900s. Mr. Tucker went on from there to work for six Northern California newspapers as a reporter or editor that included the Oakland Tribune..
In the newsrooms of those papers, Mr. Tucker, a man with twinkling eyes and bushy eyebrows, eased the tensions of daily deadlines for his colleagues with his story-telling, his wit and his dry asides about life. He loved to tell yarns about the oddities of human nature, the characters he encountered in the newspaper business and trips he took to places like Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Machu Picchu in Peru.
He was also known for surrendering to the tensions of approaching deadlines by rising out of his chair and raising his voice, bit by bit, until he was in a standing position in the final moments before deadline, calling loudly for a "copy boy!" in the days before they became known as "editorial assistants."
A two-term president of the San Francisco-Oakland Newspaper Guild, Mr. Tucker also served as an international vice president of the Newspaper Guild from 1979 to 1985.
Mr. Tucker was born March 11, 1926, in the Mendocino County town of Willits, the son of Floyd Tucker, a truck driver, and his wife, Nora. Mr. Tucker grew up in Sacramento, where he attended Christian Brothers High School. From 1944 to 1946, Mr. Tucker served in the Navy in the South Pacific. In 1950 he graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga. Floyd die September 30, 2002
In recent decades, Mr. Tucker lived in Oakland with his wife, Marilyn Tucker, a former Chronicle music critic. After his Sacramento job with United Press, during the 1950s Mr. Tucker worked as a reporter or copy editor at the Lodi News-Sentinel, Oroville Mercury, Vallejo Times Herald, San Francisco Call-Bulletin and New York World- Telegram.
In the early 1960s he worked as a copy editor at the San Jose Mercury News and then at the Oakland Tribune, where he was a copy editor, women's page editor, assistant news editor and Sunday editor from 1961 to 1985. Because of his job on the women's page, friends sometimes called him "Mother Tucker."
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Rebecca Tegenkamp of Clayton, Christopher Tucker of Spokane and Timothy Tucker of Oakland. He is also survived by a sister, Nora Anne Grassmeyer of Placerville, and three brothers, Fred and Jack Tucker, both of Sacramento, and Ray Tucker of Torrance.
Vernon Lloyd Trost
Aug. 3, 1933 - March 5, 1998
West County Times (Richmond, CA) - Saturday, March 7, 1998
Vernon Lloyd Trost, a mailer for 33 years with the Oakland Tribune, died Thursday in a Concord hospital. He was 64. The Missouri native lived in Concord for 29 years and previously lived in Richmond. He was a member of the Northern California Mailers Union Local 15 and was an Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jessie Carol Trost of Concord; daughter, Denise Lynn Jensen of Ft. Polk, La.; sons, David Allen Trost of Concord and Michael James Trost of Suisun City; brother, Hal Trost of Martinez; sister, Gayla O'Shea of Lafayette; and three grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Quimet Brothers in Concord. Burial at memorial Gardens in Concord. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
James Carlton Truscott
Dec. 7, 1914 - Dec. 5, 2010
Resident of Livermore James was 95 years old at the time he passed away in Livermore, CA, on Sunday, December 5th, 2010, only two days away from his 96th birthday. He died of natural causes. He was a loved and adored husband, father, friend, and was the patriarch of the entire Truscott family. James was born in Grass Valley, CA, December 7th, 1914. He was the second of 5 children born to James and Elizabeth Grace, Truscott. He had one sister, Myra, and three brothers, Richard, Raymond and David. The family later moved to Oakland, CA, where he grew up. He was a devoted family man who took over as primary caretaker and provider for his mother and siblings after his father died when he was a young adult. Growing up, James was involved in sports, ROTC, printing and was a newspaper carrier. He was called to duty in WWII and served as a telephone wire technician and worked his way to Sergeant. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and The Siegfried Line where he earned a Bronze Star for going above and beyond the call of duty that resulted in saving many lives. During the war he honed his skills as an artist, cartoonist and as a baseball player. While in the service, he contributed his artistic talents to many military publications and often did drawings for his friends to send home as greeting cards. He played baseball with his division's team as a star pitcher. When he returned home, he kept playing baseball in a semi-pro California league and pitched a no hit game among his other record making accomplishments. James worked for the Oakland Tribune from 1937 through 1976. He was a district advisor who managed the paper distribution in Livermore from 1958 until his retirement. During his time with the Oakland Tribune, he earned many awards for excellence in his work and gave many young boys their first job, delivering newspapers. James married Helen Marion Herron in 1951. They were married until she passed away in 2001, just days before their 50th wedding anniversary. They had two children, Denise and Craig. They moved to Livermore, CA in 1959, where they raised their family. In retirement James and Helen traveled the world together, bowled, played golf and enjoyed their family. James loved sports and was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a regular league bowler at the Granada Bowl for nearly 50 years. In retirement, he bowled in the senior's league at Granada Bowl two days a week. In fact, a week before he passed away he bowled a 178 game! He loved to bowl and he loved all of his friends at the bowling alley. James was a wonderful, loving father and is survived by his daughter, Denise Carol Truscott and her husband, Gary Sittser of Redding, CA, his son, Craig James Truscott and his wife Alyce of Livermore, CA, granddaughters, Jenene Carol Wilson, her husband, Todd, and Stassia June Sittser of Redding, CA, and great granddaughter, Evalynn Carol Wilson, of Redding, CA. He is also survived by, his brothers Raymond Truscott of Hayward, CA, and David Truscott of New York, and many nieces, nephews and their children. Specials thanks go to Alyce Truscott, his daughter-in-law, who cared for him with love, kindness and understanding for the last few years of his life. Thanks to her, he was able to live life on his own terms with relative independence. I know he loved her like a daughter and was extremely grateful for all that she did for him, as am I. James was a true gentleman and will genuinely be missed by his family and friends.
Bob Valli, the Oakland Tribune sports editor who oversaw coverage of the A's and Raiders during their glory seasons in the 1970s and '80s, has died Nov 2, 2011 of Parkinson's- and Alzheimer's-related causes. He was 80.
Mr. Valli, who died Wednesday in Vancouver, Wash., looked and sounded like a newspaperman, with a gravelly, authoritative voice that belied his kindness toward his employees.
A San Francisco native who graduated from UC Berkeley, Robert Louis Valli was a fixture in East Bay journalism until he retired in 1993, when the independent Oakland Tribune was sold to what then was called the Alameda Newspaper Group.
As a sportswriter, he covered the Raiders during their formative years in the 1960s, including their Super Bowl II loss in 1968.
As an assistant sports editor, then sports editor, Mr. Valli was integral in the Tribune's coverage of the A's World Series championship seasons of 1972-74 and 1989, as well as the Raiders' three Super Bowl wins, one after they moved to Los Angeles.
Mr. Valli also served on the writers' committee that selected members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is widely credited for securing Al Davis' induction.
Mr. Valli was dedicated to maintaining quality coverage of East Bay sports in the face of severe financial difficulties and cost-cutting that marked the Tribune's final days as an independent newspaper.
"Bob was one of my best bosses because he let you do your job without interfering," said longtime baseball writer Nick Peters, honored at the 2009 Hall of Fame ceremony as a J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner. "He was a huge Cal fan, but he never blocked negative coverage when it was deserved. He gave advice but was never overbearing."
After taking up golf late in his career, Mr. Valli created a series for the paper in which he played 18 courses and wrote 18 stories featuring his favorite hole on each. The series was extremely popular. At his retirement party, which Al Davis attended, Mr. Valli was presented a golf cart.
Upon his retirement, he split his time between homes in Arizona and California and ultimately settled in Auburn Placer County before moving to Washington to live with his son, David, and David's family. He is survived by his wife, Linda, sons Robert, David and Michael, and grandchildren Amanda, Matthew, Peyton and Jaden.
Arthur L. Vargas
Arthur (Art) L. Vargas Aug. 25, 1930 - Sept. 29, 2009 Resident of Castro Valley Arthur (Art) L. Vargas entered into rest on September 29, 2009 at age 79. He will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit and his loving devotion to family and friends. Art was born in Hayward on August 25, 1930, the only child of Joe & Laura Vargas, and graduated from Hayward High School (January 1949). He married Jeanne on October 4, 1953 and together they raised two daughters, Debbie & Teri, in the Castro Valley home they built and shared for 56 years. Art is also survived by son-in-law, Steve Lamb, of Fairfield, and will remain the treasured and beloved Papa to grandchildren, Michael & Christopher Herrin, Brian, Kevin, Sean, Kate, JR & Dylan Lamb, his "bonus" grandchildren, godchildren, friends, and neighbors. Photography was Art's early passion: he was the HHS yearbook photographer, operated Memory Lane Studio (weddings and portraits) in Castro Valley for over 30 years, and worked as a photographer and news reporter for the Oakland Tribune covering all Southern Alameda County police beats (Hayward, Fremont, Newark, Union City & Sheriff's Departments) until his retirement in 1979. As Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force from 1950-1953, Art's talent earned him the duty of reconnaissance and combat photographer, and he served 30 months on the front lines in Korea, earning several combat medals, including the Purple Heart. Art retired from the Tribune after 25 years and immediately began a new career as Public Information Officer for Chabot College, Hayward (1980s). He and daughter, Debbie, operated Confidential Business Services, for nearly 10 years.
December 31, 1913 - March 16, 2006
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - Friday, March 24, 2006
Edward Villagran was born 12/31/1913 in El Paso, TX, moving to Pinole when a child; serving mass as an altar boy at St. Joseph's. Ed worked for the Pinole Times upon graduation, having many a sports column byline. He was drafted into the Army, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery, on 3/27/1941; becoming a Technical Sergeant of the 41st Field Artillery Battalion, serving in Northern Africa, Central Europe, and Italy. Ed received an Honorable Discharge on 8/21/1945, went to work in Oakland at Bankers Printing, and met the love of his life, Caroline Contreras of San Pablo. They married on 9/21/1947 at St. Paul's Church, San Pablo. A couple of years later a son, Carlos, and daughter, Paula, were born. Ed loved baseball, fishing, and camping. Later when Bankers Printing closed, Ed found new jobs working for newspapers on the Peninsula and at the Oakland Tribune as a pressman. He retired in 1980 at the age of 66. Ed took his wife on many trips and cruises after retirement, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, the East Coast, and the Panama Canal. He slipped away quietly in his sleep the morning of 3/16/06. Ed is survived by Caroline, Carlos (wife, Connie), Paula; sisters, Connie Hernandez, Louise Prieto, Aurora Bard (husband, Don), and Eleanor Railey; and his brother, Peter. At 7 pm on Monday, 3/27, a rosary will be held at Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary, 13644 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo, followed by a funeral mass at St. Paul's Church, 1845 Church Lane, Tuesday, 3/28, 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Joseph's Cemetary, 2560 Church Lane, San Pablo, immediately following. If you wish to make a memorial contribution in Ed's name - the American Diabetes Assn. or the American Heart Assn.
(1944 - 2010)
Jack Richard Werk Apr. 3, 1944 - Feb. 14, 2010 Resident of Fremont Jack Werk, 65, passed away peacefully at his Fremont home Sunday, February 14, surrounded by his daughter and friends after a battle with cancer. Born and raised in Castro Valley, Jack played varsity basketball and graduated from Castro Valley High School in 1962. While growing up, Jack had two passions: music and selling subscriptions for the Oakland Tribune. Jack was a superstar paperboy and won numerous awards and trips from the Oakland Tribune during his youth when he honed his skills for business, and after high school Jack attended San Jose State University. Jack eventually obtained a real estate broker’s license and was partner in the successful Mission West Realtors, but a chance trip to the Kentucky Derby in 1976 flamed what would become his true passion in life: horse racing and breeding. First a hobby, Jack soon parlayed his interests in racing and breeding in the mid-eighties into the most well known and successful Thoroughbred consulting business in the country -- Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. WTC pioneered many elements of commercial pedigree analysis that are standards in the industry now, and its clients include the Who's Who of the business. In 1998, Jack reached the pinnacle of the sport when WTC client Eduardo Gaviria's Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby. Jack and his staff had recommended the mating that produced Real Quiet. Jack was president and CEO of WTC, Inc., up until his death. A world traveler with a penchant for making life-long friendships, Jack touched many lives through his humor, intelligence, and sharp wit. He maintained a passion for music, travel, and foreign film and has been referred to by many as their "best friend." He is survived by his children, Steven Werk and Kristina Werk, as well as his mother, Jean Werk, and sister, Shelley Werk, and a host of friends around the world. Jack, you will be missed, always loved, remembered, and never forgotten.
Note; Jack was assigned to City Central Zone as a Field Adviser alongside with Jim Rashliegh working under Maurice Johnson in 1968-69.
Edgar M. West
Edgar M. West passed away peacefully at home in Sonoma, California during his afternoon nap on September 11, 2010. He was 88 years old, born December 27, 1921 in San Luis Obispo, California. He served his country in World War II in the Army Air Corp. as a tail-gunner on a B-25. Edgar West spent 48 years working as a journalist for the Oakland Tribune. His hobbies were collecting books, enjoying art, traveling and gardening. He was always active in local church activities and participated with the local Moose club and Sons of Italy. He was a former Grand Knight of Hayward Knights of Columbus. Edgar is survived by his wife, Rita, of 60 years; son Thomas and daughter-in-law Ronni; and grand daughter Nicole; sons Lawrence, Christopher, Blaise and Michael; brother Richard West; and brother-in-law Bill Sullivan; and niece, Mary. May he rest in peace. A Memorial mass was said at St. Leo's Church, Sonoma, California. Donations may be made to: Seeds of Learning, P.O. Box 2107, Sonoma, California 95476.
Joan Woods White
Joan Woods White, former society editor at the San Francisco Examiner and women's editor of the Oakland Tribune, died Friday of progressive liver disease at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. She was 59. Mrs. White became the Examiner's society editor at age 26, a few years after graduating from Stanford University in 1957. She went to work for the Oakland Tribune in 1968.
In 1973, she made local headlines when she gave birth to her fourth child, Lockey, in a fourth- floor ladies' room near her office in the Tribune Tower. A plaque commemorating the event was hung soon after, saying that Lockey Elizabeth White ``broke all newspaper tradition by being four days early for her deadline.'' The plaque was taken down when the newspaper moved out of the building. Mrs. White left the paper in 1980.
Survivors include her husband, Gordon White, of Piedmont; a son, Tim; and three daughters, Christy, of Budapest, Hungary; Kerry, of Piedmont; and Lockey, who is a student at Humboldt State University.
Roy Henry Williams
A memorial service will be held Tuesday for Roy Henry Williams, a longtime photographer with the Oakland Tribune who was a member of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Mr. Williams died Thursday April 7, 2005 of a heart attack at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward. He was 73.
A San Leandro native, Mr. Williams graduated San Leandro High School and, at age 19, became the youngest photographer ever hired by the Oakland Tribune, according to the newspaper.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Williams is survived by two daughters, Colleen Torrez of Brentwood and Patti Williams of Fresno, and grandchildren Kyle and Kelly Torrez.
Samuel Guy "Sam" Williams
Sam Williams, former Trib city editor, The Oakland Tribune reported that Samuel Guy "Sam" Williams III, its former city editor and a real-life Oscar Madison figure, died April 1, 2010 at Oakland's Kaiser Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68. From the obit:
He was Oscar Madison to the 10th degree," said his friend, Kristin McCloy, referring to the disheveled sports writer depicted in the "Odd Couple" movie. He was a big man in every way — his size, his spirit, his laugh and, most of all, his heart," she added. He was as generous with his booming laugh as he was with a drink, and had one of the most agile minds one could ever hope to meet. Williams was a newspaperman for 45 years, the last 20 with the Tribune, where he became city editor in 1988.
"He was knowledgeable and diligent in his love of Oakland," said Tribune reporter Cecily Burt. "I'll always remember how he could sit and yak about anything and everything under the sun — a book, movie, world history, the arts, science, whatever. And when the copy came in, the chatter stopped and he was all business."
McCloy, a novelist, met Williams seven years ago and was living with him when he passed away. "He mentored all manner of younger people in every kind of way," she said, "doing everything possible to make their dreams come true. He was an amazing editor who helped me make my third book more readable."
Ralph Wiley a leading sportswriter for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com who was also a well-regarded essayist on race in America, has died. He was 52.
Wiley died Sunday night June 13, 2004 in Orlando Florida of heart failure, according to an announcement on ESPN.com. He was stricken at his home in Orlando, Fla., while preparing to watch game four of the NBA finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons.
A regular commentator for ESPN's Sports Center and a columnist for ESPN.com's Page 2, Wiley started his journalism career at the Oakland Tribune after graduating from Knoxville College in Tennessee with a degree in business management. The Memphis native began as a copy boy and worked his way up to covering the city before landing on the sports desk.
He became a sports columnist for the Tribune and was credited with coining the term "Billy Ball" to describe the style of play favored by Oakland A's manager Billy Martin in the 1980s. That style was primarily about manufacturing runs through aggressive base-running that included frequent attempts to steal home. The term so well captured the phenomenon that it became the advertising theme for the A's and was on all their promotions.
Wiley moved on to Sports Illustrated in 1982 and remained there for nine years, writing more than two dozen cover stories focusing on boxing, baseball and football. He also covered the rape trial of boxer Mike Tyson. He is survived by a son and a daughter; and his mother, Dorothy Brown of Washington, D.C.
Lon H. "Lonnie" Wilson
June 12, 1917 - October 14, 1988
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Saturday, October 15, 1988
Lonnie Wilson, an award-winning photographer for the Oakland Tribune for 47 years, died yesterday at Merritt Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. He was 71.
A native of Georgia's Henry County, Mr. Wilson joined the Tribune in 1940 after working as a wire photo operator for Associated Press. When he retired this past January, he had long been chief photographer for the Tribune.
"Lonnie Wilson was an indefatigable warrior, an inspiration to his colleagues," said Robert C. Maynard, editor and president of the Tribune. "The work and presence of this great veteran will be sorely missed."
Mr. Wilson grew up in Atlanta and attended the Georgia Evening School of Technology. After joining the Tribune, he was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served as a photographer for Yank magazine, traveling to Guadalcanal, Fiji, Okinawa, Samoa and other areas in World War II.
During his career, he won awards from the National Press Photographers Association, San Francisco Press Club, California Press Photographers and numerous other groups.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Katherine Cruse of San Antonio, Texas; his brother, Bill Wilson of Decatur, Ga., and two grandchildren.
To view some of Mr. Wilson photos go to our Historical page.
Donald J. Wood
WOOD, Donald James - April 7, 1922 - October 11, 2003 California native Donald James Wood died on October 11, 2003. The grandson of two '49er pioneers Don was born on April 7, 1922 to Maude Gardenhire Wood and Ezra Benjamin Wood in Modesto. His brothers Stanley and Lloyd died years ago. Don attended Saint Augustine Grammar School in Oakland and St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley. He then attended St. Mary's College in Moraga where he graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. His college education was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during 1943 - 1944. While at St. Mary's he excelled in activities that ranged from baseball to debating. He nourished a 60-year love affair with the College through a variety of activities. In 1998 he was named St. Mary's College Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his years of work with the College. He and his wife Helen also funded the Wood Scholarship Fund at St. Mary's College School of Education given to assist those seeking a degree in special education. Together they were awarded The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology Alemany Award in 1999. Pursuing a life-long passion of learning, he also earned an MBA at Armstrong University, Berkeley in 1954; a Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956; a Masters in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University in 1972. Don's professional life blended journalism and academics. He worked at the Oakland Tribune as a Circulation Supervisor from 1941 - 1952. He was then hired as an assistant to the publisher of the San Francisco Call Bulletin, William Randolph Hearst. After his stint with the San Francisco paper Don came back across the Bay to work as Circulation Manager with the Berkeley Gazette for seven years from 1959-1965. When the paper merged with a Richmond daily Don became founding general manager of the newspaper for the diocese of Oakland, The Catholic Voice. He retired from that publication in 1990. During all this time he remained a prolific writer of features and opinion pieces for numerous national publications. His last opinion piece was published in the San Francisco Chronicle three weeks before his death (lamenting the mockery of the recent recall). To stay sharp and intellectually challenged Don sought out the opportunities to teach a variety of courses ranging from history to business, from journalism to philosophy. He taught students at Oakland City College, Armstrong College, Berkeley and Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He and his wife of 56 years, Helen Winifred Reimann, often co-taught and were the authors of a textbook, Men: Ideals, Ideals, Issues in 4 volumes. He met his wife Helen during a football game in the heyday of the sport at St. Mary's College where he was a cheerleader and she a student at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. They married in San Pedro and settled in Oakland where they raised James, Dennis, Kathleen and Matthew. They survive him with daughters-in-law Cynthia Ahart Wood and Joan Wood as well as grandchildren Nathan, Sarah, and Ruth; Ivan, Trevor, and Meagan; and Alexandra Tchong.
June 3, 1930 - July 30, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Wednesday, July 31, 2002
A giant in Bay Area journalism Colorful character on Examiner staff for decades
Jim Wood, a widely respected veteran of Bay Area journalism who wrote about serial killers and risotto primavera with equal skill and artistry, died in his Orinda home Tuesday morning at the age of 72.
Mr. Wood was known for his eclectic tastes, his speed at the typewriter and his prodigious memory.
"I always said that being married to Jim was like being married to the public library," said Carol Pogash, his wife of 27 years. "He was as fast as the Net and a bear of a man."
Mr. Wood grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. He graduated from the posh Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Mass., and in 1952 from Harvard University. His newspaper odyssey included stops at the Orange County Register,
Richmond (Calif.) Independent and Oakland Tribune -- and a paper he bought in Angels Camp. In October 1968, he arrived at the San Francisco Examiner, where he stayed for 29 years, producing a few books along the way.
Mr. Wood wrote about the 1960s student upheaval at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, the Symbionese Liberation Army and its kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, the Chowchilla school bus kidnapping, the trial of Dan White, slayer of Mayor George Moscone, and the retrial of serial killer Juan Corona. He covered courts, education and general assignment, edited the paper's investigative team and crowned his career as the paper's food and wine critic.
In March 1997, Mr. Wood retired. This is how his final story started out: "The world of food abounds with slogans about health. My own favorite, as I've observed elsewhere, is Miss Piggy's counsel: never eat anything you can't lift. "
It was a classic Wood touch. He took his work seriously but never himself.
There was nothing small about Mr. Wood, a Santa Claus look-alike. A maverick whose interests were as wide as his girth, he was often unpredictable.
In November 1985, he took Julia Child to a grease-encrusted eatery on Sixth Street in San Francisco.
"The food was very good," said Child, reached Tuesday as she was heading down the California coast. "It was a very dirty place, but I enjoyed it and had no ill effects."
Told of Mr. Wood's death at 72, Child, who is 89, said, "It's awfully young to die. He was fun and he was good at what he did."
Mr. Wood died of complications from a stroke. Like most Wood stories, however, there was more to it than that. On July 19, Mr. Wood had just taken his dog Bagel outside, Pogash said. A child on a bicycle whizzed by and Bagel - - a Labrador-like canine of "debatable" breed -- started yanking on her leash. Mr. Wood fell, breaking his femur in several places.
"He actually carried her (Bagel's) picture in his wallet," Pogash said. "We have two dogs and three cats. He loved all kinds of animals."
Less than 24 hours after his fall, while at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley,
Mr. Wood had a massive stroke and later developed pneumonia. Pogash said the family decided to take him home Monday night and keep him comfortable. Mr. Wood died at 10:30 Tuesday morning.
In his final hours, Mr. Wood tasted an orange and drank peach nectar, said Pogash, an editor at Forbes ASAP who worked with her husband at the old Hearst- owned Examiner.
"Having covered so much of San Francisco history, Jim became one of the better parts of that history," said Phil Bronstein, Chronicle executive editor.
"He was also one of the few people on Earth who could be kind and bluntly honest in the same breath. He taught all of us who knew him an enormous amount about our profession and about life, and he supported great reporting and writing in the Bay Area as much as he practiced it."
Retired Examiner and Chronicle reporter Larry D. Hatfield said: "Jim not only was one of my best friends but he was one of the best newspapermen I ever knew. He genuinely cared about connecting the reader with what was happening around him. He had the memory of an elephant, although I'm not quite sure how they measure that. Jim would have known, or at least had a plausible answer."
Georgia Hesse, former Examiner travel editor, added: "I was impressed that Jim remembered every page of every book he ever read. And he always listened to you when you were talking, rather than looking over your shoulder to see who was coming in the door. He would have known who was coming in the door, too."
Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, who visited Mr. Wood in the hospital Monday afternoon, said, "He was one of those few reporters who you could be friends with who kicked your ass if you deserved it. Jim would nail you if you did something wrong. And in a way he kept you honest.
"He was just so intelligent, he was truly awesome," Agnos added. "And yet he was so regular. He could make a truck driver feel like he was one of them. You felt like he was the guy next door."
Carlo Middione, cookbook author and owner of Vivande restaurant in San Francisco, described Mr. Wood as "just a sweetheart" and a "mensch."
"He was the last sort of person who would typify a food critic," Middione said. "He was rational and knowledgeable but he wasn't a hysteric."
Larry Kramer, chairman of MarketWatch.com online financial news service and former Examiner executive editor, tried to sum up Mr. Wood's particular combination of warmth and acid.
"He was the first editor who handled my copy in my first job writing for a daily newspaper," Kramer said. "He had this unusual mixture of being gentle, fair and extremely polite, even as he told me that no newspaper with a reputation to protect could print my drivel."
FAUSTINA "TINA" WOON
November 11, 1931 - June 14, 2005
Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, CA) - Sunday, June 26, 2005
Tina was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Samuel and Fannie Young. Her family consists of 2 brothers (Henry and Kenneth) and 5 sisters (Genie, Sonia, Connie, Carole, and Vivian). Tina left Hawaii when she was in her early twenties and came to California. She went to school and received her AA degree in Accounting. She met her husband, Sam, over 53 years ago where he courted her for 2 years. Sam and Tina had 4 children Ronald Woon and wife Dominique, Sherry Murray and husband Kevin, Robert Woon and wife Debbie, and Pat Ng and husband Eddie. And they have 7 grandchildren Garrett Woon, Darrett Woon, Samantha Murray, Matthew Woon, Ashley Woon, Corey Ng and Jordan Ng.
Tina retired from the Oakland Tribune after working more than 15 years. She loved traveling, especially going to Asia, Europe, and various places within the United States with her husband.
Tina will be remembered by many as the best cook and hostess. Her home cooked food and hospitality greatly enriched the lives of her loved ones and friends who were invited to her house as she worked her food magic. In addition to her cooking, Tina was an avid orchid grower who constantly brought in orchid spikes to her volunteer job at the Oakland Senior Center Veterans Hall. Tina steadily worked in the dining services since 1994.
She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and left us. We will miss Tina and her straight forward honesty. She was a strong woman and we will miss her thoughtfulness, helpfulness, and kindness. She was always thinking of others first before herself.
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive notes with great sadness the death in December of Doris Worsham. Worsham joined the staff of the BAM/PFA as community liaison in November 1993 and was responsible for audience development and strengthening the ties between the museum and local organizations and communities.
Prior to her position at the museum, Worsham worked for 25 years as a journalist for the Oakland Tribune, during which time she held a number of positions, including theater critic and film reviewer. Her freelance articles on theater, film and popular culture appeared in many Bay Area publications, including The San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Oakland Tribune. She was a longtime member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and a graduate of San Francisco State University.
Worsham was a vital participant in many local arts organizations, including the Alameda County Art Commission and Telegraph Area Association, for which she was both a board member and chair of the Promotion and Arts Committee. The upcoming Berkeley Jazz Festival would have been the third produced by Worsham, who in addition had been recently appointed to the City of Berkeley Southside Planning Advisory Committee.
September 28, 1914 - July 10, 1989
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Friday, July 14, 1989
A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Louise Wright, former society reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune, who died Monday at Peralta Hospital at age 74.
Mrs. Wright, a writer for about 40 years until she retired from the Tribune in 1987, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935.
She wrote feature stories for the Associated Press and then went to the Burlingame Advance as society editor from 1938 until 1941.
Mrs. Wright also worked for the Palo Alto Times before joining the Tribune's women's department in 1963. She eventually became assistant to the society editor.
She is survived by four children, Anita Moon of San Francisco, Ann Butler of San Diego, Chatt of Honolulu and David of Forest Ranch (Butte County) and by six grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at Albert Brown Mortuary, 3476 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland.
Virgil J. Wrixon
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - Monday, August 21, 1995
Virgil Jean Wrixon, a longtime Bay Area free-lance artist and commercial illustrator for the Oakland Tribune, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at Eden Manor in Oakland. She was 88. Mrs. Wrixon is survived by her daughter, Gail Claudia Wrixon, of San Mateo.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland. Donations may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael, P.O. Box 51200, San Rafael 94915-1200.
Elra "Ed" Wyatt
April 1, 1923 - September 26, 1995.
Birmingham News (AL) - Tuesday, September 26, 1995
WYATT, ELRA "ED'' died in Hayward, Calif. on September 26, 1995. He was 72. Survivors: wife, Sarah "Sally'' Wyatt; son, Daniel E. Wyatt; sister, Savannah Adams of Alabama. He was a highly decorated veteran of WWII, worked 60 years in the newspaper business. Burial will be Thursday, September 28, in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif. Machado's Hillside Chapel directing.
Phillip J. Young
Phillip (Phil) John Young 1938 - 2010 Resident of Alameda Phillip (Phil) John Young passed away peacefully at home in Alameda on July 8, 2010 from pulmonary lung disease. He was surrounded by his loving family who idolized and adored him. He leaves behind his wife of 42 years Sharon, daughter Terri Young McKeown, son Rick Young (Wendi West) two granddaughters Katelyn and Kelcie Mckeown and brother-in-law Don Sims and his wife Joanie. He also leaves many cousins including Leon and Bob Giaras an Aunt Flora Buscovich, several nieces and nephews along with many other special people who enriched his life. His son Scott proceeded him in death. Phil was born in Sioux City, Iowa on August 8, 1938 to John and Elizabeth Young. He spent his childhood in Aberdeen, South Dakota before moving to Alameda then Oakland. He attended Frick Jr. High and Fremont High School (member of the Regents). He was the brother of the late Nick Kaiser. Phil was a member of the United States Marine Corp. Serving from 1955 to 1958 attached to the First Marine Division, Platoon 178 out of Camp Pendleton, Ca. Following his discharge, he worked for the Oakland Tribune then became a member of the Contra Costa County Fire District (Moraga, Ca.) retiring at the rank of Captain. Phil later became self-employed, owing the Maaco Auto Body on Marina Blvd in San Leandro and Golden Q Billiards in Hayward. He was never one to sit idle, always keeping a hand in the business world and on a card table in Tahoe or Las Vegas. He was a member and Past Exulted Ruler of the Alameda Elks Lodge No 1015 BOP Elks, the Colombo Club in Oakland and the Shiners (Island City Lodge). Phil was a man of great character and integrity. He possessed an uncanny ability to make everyone around him, feel they were important, loved, appreciated and most of all, very special in his life.
February 18, 1922 - February 19, 2002
LAFAYETTE -- A World War II veteran who parlayed his GI bill education and gift for gab into a newspaper advertising career died Tuesday at the age of 80.
G. Wendell Zemina, a second-generation American raised near Boston, served in the Atlantic theater as a Navy salvage diver, his son, Bill Zemina, said. Wounded and discharged shortly before the war ended, he attended the University of Illinois and earned a degree in journalism in 1949.
Although he tried his hand at writing and broadcasting, Zemina found that his rapport with people made him a good fit for the marketing and advertising side of the profession.
"He always enjoyed dealing with people," his son said. "He had a natural gift for gab."
Zemina liked that every day was different in his job as he went on his rounds. Being part of the business community was fulfilling as well.
"There was nothing better than walking into a new business and working with that business to become a little part of their success," his son said.
Zemina started his career running a chain of suburban Chicago newspapers. He moved west when a business associate hired him to run a Santa Clara Valley newspaper. Next came jobs at the Oakland Tribune and the West County Times, from which he retired as general manager in the mid-1980s.
"He was an outstanding newspaperman and manager," said George Riggs, publisher of Contra Costa Newspapers, which includes the West County Times.
"I will remember him for his laughter, his warmth, and for his ability to find the bright side of virtually any situation," Riggs said.
Outside of work, Zemina remained a sportsman and spent much of his time helping others. The avid skier, tennis player and golfer coached in youth athletic leagues and taught Sunday school.
"He was a natural-born teacher," his son said. "That's why he liked coaching."
Zemina lived with his wife in Lafayette for 37 years. After his retirement, the couple traveled in Europe and the United States.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Bill and Brian; and brother, David.
James Vincent Zeno
James Vincent Zeno died at age 90 on August 24, 2004 at home in Chico. He was born in Pennsylvania to Sicilian immigrants Charles and Mary Zeno on April 2, 1914. Jim was a graduate of Pittsburgh High School, the Chico State class of 1938 and Stanford University where he earned a Master's Degree in Journalism. Jim was a former Journalism teacher, newspaper reporter for the Oakland Tribune and owner for 50 years of Zeno Associates, an East Bay Public Relations and Advertising Agency. Active in East Bay Civic Affairs, and Republican Political Circles for several decades, he moved to Chico in 1991. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Zeno Fox; son-in-law Morton Fox; daughter Suzanne Donnelly; son and daughter-in-law Jim Zeno Jr. and Karly. Survivors also include seven loving grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his wife Violet in February 2003. The couple had been married for 65 years.
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