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Irving Baker, 91, longtime editor for the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, died March 5. Baker began at the old Omaha Bee-News before joining the World-Herald. He spent his final years at the World-Herald working on the editorial pages, and also wrote a column called "Good Morning." Baker retired in 1973.

Bill Brenner, 47, lifelong newspaperman recently named publisher of a Northern California weekly, died Feb. 27. Brenner, publisher of the Novato Advance since December, died in his sleep. Brenner came to the Advance from the weekly St. Helena (Calif.) Star, where he held a number of positions since 1976, most recently as publisher. Brenner, grew up in a newspaper family. His father, John Vincent "Vin" Brenner, purchased and sold a number of newspapers in the Midwest and West. He was a former California Newspaper Publishers Association board member.

Bill Brenton, 70, former sports editor of The Monroe (Mich.) Evening News, died March 7. Brenton began working for the Evening News in 1947. He served as city editor and assistant managing editor. In 1985, Brenton was given an honorary lifetime membership in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, and in 1997, he was inducted into the Basketball Coaches of Michigan Hall of Honor. He also had served as president of the Michigan Associated Press Sports Editors Association.

Betty Werlein Carter, 89, who along with husband Hodding Carter Jr. founded the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville, Miss., died March 2. Carter, in addition to her various roles as a civic leader, was known by many as "the editor's editor." She not only cleaned up her husband's prose, but also smoothed feathers that he sometimes ruffled in the community. Hodding Carter Jr. was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1946 for editorials advocating racial tolerance. He died in 1972. Betty Carter continued as president of the paper until its sale in 1980. …


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