Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

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Barbara Kaplan

57, Died Oct. 17

FORMER REPORTER AND EDITOR AT THE SAN DIEGO EVENING TRIBUNE

A tough yet unassuming journalist who became the first woman assistant managing editor at the Tribune, Barbara Kaplan died Oct. 17 of lung cancer.

After stints with The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., the Corona (Calif.) Daily Independent, and the Pacific Press Publishing Association, Kaplan joined the Tribune in 1971 as a general-assignment reporter. Later, as assistant city editor, Kaplan helped edit coverage of a midair collision over San Diego that won a 1979 Pulitzer Prize. She left the paper in 1990 to join Coffey Communications in Walla Walla, Wash.

Even as a child, Kaplan felt drawn to journalism. "I got 10 cents a day allowance, and newspapers cost a nickel," she said in a 1977 Tribune biographical sketch, "so I bought a Newark [N.J.] Evening News and a Star-Ledger every day. I knew what I wanted to do."

Joseph L. Donnelly

76, Died Oct. 20

CO-PUBLISHER OF THE INDIANA (PA.) GAZETTE

Donnelly began at the Gazette as a reporter and was later named editor. In 1986, Donnelly and his wife, Lucilla Ray Donnelly, who died in 1993, bought the parent Indiana Printing and Publishing Co. and became co- publishers. Donnelly was chairman of the board at the time of his death. Survivors include son Michael, co-publisher and president of Indiana Printing and Publishing, and two daughters: Hastie Kinter, secretary and assistant treasurer, and Stacie Gottfredson, treasurer and assistant secretary. …

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