The Marin Independent Journal reports that its opinion editor from 1994 to 2001, Jeff Prugh, died of colorectal cancer Saturday. He was 69. The IJ obit notes that in his first year as opinion page editor, he lobbied to have a median barrier installed on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 37 between Sears Point and Vallejo where fatal head-on crashes were common. The 1993 death of 18-year-old Novato resident Frankie Poulos triggered the effort. Vince Prugh said his brother retired knowing that the Highway 37 barrier would be a lasting legacy that would continue to save lives.