Archive for the ‘Obits’ Category

Rolling over? Amid sweeping layoffs, an anniversary

December 3, 2008

Company co-founder Frank E. Gannett (left) died 51 years ago today, after suffering a fall. He was 81, and had co-founded the company in 1902.

Recalling the late Paul Newman, with a rare film

September 26, 2008

It’s one of my favorites: Rachel, Rachel, which the actor produced and directed for his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Paul Newman died Friday at 83; the cause was cancer. From The New York Times’ obituary: “When good roles for Woodward dwindled, Newman produced and directed Rachel, Rachel for her in 1968. Nominated for the best-picture Oscar, the film, a delicate story of a spinster schoolteacher tentatively hoping for love, brought Woodward her second of four best-actress Oscar nominations.”

Now, here’s a clip from a Newman Biography segment:

[Image: Netflix]

On the late John Walter, a USA Today founder

September 20, 2008
“He believed in truth,
that people have a right to know things.”

— his wife, Jan Pogue of Edgartown, Mass., in an interview with the Boston Globe. Walter, 61, died Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mass., from complications after surgery for a facial nerve disorder. (Another good obit here.)

Phoenix: Pulitzer winner Pancrazio dies of cancer

June 21, 2008

[Pancrazio portfolio: Nure Elatari, July 4, 2006]

Angela Cara Pancrazio (left), a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer at The Arizona Republic, who later became a well-respected writer and storyteller, died Thursday night at her home in Phoenix. 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.” (For more of Pancrazio’s work, see this slideshow.)

[Photo: Nure Elatari, 25, treasures the necklace her father gave her, a reminder of how he wanted a good life for her in America. After high school, Nure began wearing a hijab, a sign of pride in her heritage. Originally published in the Republic on July 4, 2006]

Charlie Rose show recalls Gannett director Fruit

May 29, 2008

The talk show host last night featured a repeat interview with the late board member: Charles Fruit was a consultant to the Coca-Cola Co., the long-time major sponsor of Rose’s show.

Fruit, 61, died Tuesday of a heart attack. A video of the Rose segment with him should be available here soon.

Related: Gannett’s newest director has sharp elbows, and Crisis Management 101: Coke vs. Gannett

Gannett board member Fruit dies of heart attack

May 28, 2008

Charles Fruit was just 61, and had been a member of the board since February 2007, GCI said in a just-released statement disclosing his death, yesterday. Fruit was a senior marketing advisor to the Coca-Cola Co. “Chuck was an extraordinarily kind and gentle man whose calm demeanor and sparkling ideas added a great dimension to our board of directors,” Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow said. “His marketing expertise was unrivaled and a valuable asset to Gannett.”

Fruit’s death means the board now has eight members. GCI’s statement said nothing about whether he would be replaced.

Recalling Sydney Pollack, in a ‘Tootsie’ of a scene

May 27, 2008

The director, producer and sometime actor’s star-laden movies also included The Way We Were and Out of Africa — among the most successful films of the 1970s and ’80s, The New York Times says. Pollack died of cancer today at his Los Angeles home. He was 73.