Calvin Wall Chick, who became known as “Mr. Morgan Hill” during his 39 years of covering that southern Santa Clara County community, died on Aug. 15 at his home in Grants Pass, Ore., the Gilroy Dispatch reports. He was 81. “Calvin did everything at the newspaper office, from writing headlines to writing stories to selling advertising,” said Walt Glines, circulation director for South Valley Newspapers. “He was a grand gentleman who never had a bad word about anybody.” Chick, who retired in 1991, won numerous awards over the years and wrote all types of news stories, including coverage of a gang in the 1970s that resulted in death threats. “In a sense he acted like an unofficial watchdog just making sure that people were taken care of and things went right. He did it very quietly and anonymously,” said Chick’s wife, Jayne.

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