Archive for June 2008

Obit – Linn Lewis Brown

June 30, 2008

Linn Lewis Brown, 75, North Kansas City, former editor of the Dispatch-Tribune newspapers, died June 15, 2008, at North Kansas City Hospital.
Mr. Brown earned a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1954 and began working as a reporter in Phoenix, then worked for newspapers in California.
Mr. Brown became editor of the Kansas City Press Dispatch in 1964 when it was purchased by Harold G. Townsend Jr. He left in 1968 to edit newspapers in California, but returned to Kansas City in 1978 as editor of the Dispatch-Tribune newspapers. He retired in 1997 but continued to write feature stories and a weekly column.
Mr. Brown leaves his wife, Betty Anne Brown; three stepchildren, four step-grandchildren and a brother.

Obit – Elizabeth Ruth Wilhite

June 30, 2008

Elizabeth Ruth Wilhite, 87, Marshall, a retired 28-year employee of The Marshall Democrat-News, died May 13, 2008, at Life Care Center in Carrollton.

Obit – Muriel McDonald Alcott

June 30, 2008

Muriel McDonald Alcott, 90, Kansas City, an editor, journalism educator and wife of a former publisher, died May 18, 2008, at Kansas City Hospice House.
Mrs. Alcott taught English and journalism at Northwest Missouri State University where she was advisor for the student newspaper and yearbook. Her husband, Barney Alcott, was the publisher of the Maryville Daily Forum for many years.
After her husband died in 1975, Mrs. Alcott moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., and then to Tucson, Ariz., were she served as the editor of newspapers. She returned to Missouri in 1992.
She leaves two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Obit – Shifra Stein

June 30, 2008

Shifra Stein, Kansas City, an author, travel writer and arts and entertainment editor of The Kansas City Star, has died of cancer. The Star printed her obituary June 1.
Ms. Stein was the author of “Kansas City DayTrips,” a trademarked guidebook about Kansas City and the surrounding area. The 15th Edition of “Kansas City DayTrips” will be released in July.
Ms. Stein leaves her husband, Bob Barrett, a son, two grandchildren and a sister.

Flood rescue photo makes Time

June 30, 2008

A photo of a FedEx truck driver rescuing an elderly man from his flooded vehicle, taken by Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian photographer Aaron Eisenhauer, was picked up by the AP and used by many newspapers around the country.
The photo, one among a series, was taken in mid-March on a flooded road. It was included in Time magazine’s pictures of the week and appeared in Editor & Publisher magazine as the picture of the month. It also appeared in a CNN news broadcast.
The day after the photo was released, the FedEx station in Cape Girardeau began receiving emails from around the United States and the world. FedEx posted the photo on its internal employee website, which resulted in notes from around the world.
The driver will be nominated for FedEx’s humanitarian award and other companywide recognition.
—Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian

Boat Crash photo used around the world

June 30, 2008

A photo by Paul Davis of the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff taken during the Budweiser Drag Boat Nationals at Wappapello Lake on May 19 was named the Associated Press Photo of the Month for Missouri.
That wasn’t the first recognition of the photo, which showed one powerboat flipping over another boat with the driver of the crashing boat appearing to be running across the water away from the crash.
The photo was published in newspapers and magazines around the world, from London to Australia and China.

Wanda Brown honored by medical center foundation

June 30, 2008

Wanda Brown, a longtime benefactor and friend of Missouri Press Association, received the Foundation Award June 1 from the Cass Medical Center Foundation during its annual Memorial Garden Celebration in Harrisonville.
Mrs. Brown is the widow of J.W. Brown Jr. They owned and published the Cass County Democrat-Missourian for years and were strong personal and financial supporters of their community and its endeavors. Mrs. Brown, who celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary June 16, continues that tradition.
The Foundation Award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the mission of Cass Medical Center and to improving the quality of health care in Cass County.
Mrs. Brown became affiliated with Cass Medical Center’s predecessor, Harrisonville Memorial Hospital, in 1955 when she began serving as a board member. She joined the Cass Medical Center Auxiliary in 1963 and has been a member ever since.
She was one of the first major donors to the Cass Medical Center Foundation and established the Wanda Brown Scholarship for the foundation in 1999.
In 2007 she made the first contribution to the capital campaign for the new hospital facility.
Mrs. Browns’ family held a birthday reception for her in Harrisonville on June 15. Dozens of family members, friends and citizens of the community attended.
(Award information from the Cass County Democrat-Missourian.)