Chron photo editor Marianne Thomas dies

Marianne Thomas, the Chron’s photo editor from 1992 to 2002, died Sept. 21 in Millbrae after repeated battles with cancer. She was 57. She was one of the paper’s first pure photo editors at a time when news editors were accustomed to picking their own photos to accompany stories, according to the Chron obit. “She was tough. I can see her with her arms folded listening to a photo discussion. She would always plead our case, the volume of her

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Former Examiner columnist P.J. Corkery dies

P.J. Corkery, an Examiner columnist from 2001 to 2006 covering San Francisco’s political and social scene, has died at Stanford Hospital at age 61 after fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma for two years. The Chron said in an obit that Corkery spent most of his final two years co-writing “Basic Brown,” the autobiography of former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who called that collaboration one of the high points of his life. “I never had so much fun as when we worked

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Nancy Hicks Maynard, 1946-2008

Nancy Hicks Maynard, the first African American woman to own a major daily newspaper and a co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, died today (Sunday) at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of organ failure, The Associated Press is reporting. She was 61. She’s seen here in a 1992 photo with husband Robert Maynard. They married in 1975 when he was at The Washington Post and she was at The New York Times. A year later, they moved

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Chronicle reporter Dale Champion dies

Dale Champion, a Chronicle reporter from 1956 to 1989 who wrote extensively about the environment, died Thursday in San Francisco after a brief illness at age 81. Carl T. Hall’s obit of Champion noted: He was also known, both in and out of the newsroom, as a man with many opinions, most of them voiced. In 1975, he led a short-lived resistance movement against electric typewriters in the newsroom, complaining to management that the clattering at deadline made it impossible

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Bob Thomas dies, started Pleasanton Weekly

Bob Thomas, a commercial real estate broker who changed careers to journalism and went on to launch the Pleasanton Weekly, died Saturday at his home in Burlingame after a long illness at age 57, his paper reports. A couple of paragraphs from his obit: Mr. Thomas was a strong advocate of locally-focused journalism, always willing to leave regional and national stories to others while concentrating both the news and advertising columns on local readers. At a pre-publication meeting with then-Mayor

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Former news director Terry McElhatton dies

Former long-time KNTV news director Terry McElhatton died over the weekend from a massive heart attack at age 52, according to KNTV and his current employer, Valley Christian Schools. McElhatton, the son of former KPIX anchorman Dave McElhatton, was driving home with his son Chris after spending the day windsurfing when he collapsed. The station said he had no history of hearth problems. After leaving Channel 11, Terry began a new career as television and video teacher at Valley Christian

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Broadcaster Doug Pledger dead at 89

Doug Pledger, a popular announcer at classical music station KKHI for several decades, died April 7 at age 89, the Chronicle reported today. Longtime KKHI announcer Al Covaia told the Chron that even though Pledger was known for classical music, he had a diverse broadcasting career, a variety of interests and a sound business sense. He broadcasted Cal basketball games for a while, ran an ad agency, was a tax attorney, and at one point owned a San Mateo-based radio

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Legendary ad man Hal Riney dead at 75

AdvertisingAge.com is reporting tonight that Hal Riney died on Monday at his home in San Francisco after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Riney helped build San Francisco into a creative center for the advertising industry with low-key, upbeat campaigns for Saturn cars, Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers and the re-election of President Ronald Reagan, the NY Times said in his obit. Here’s a You Tube link to his classic “Morning in America” ad for Reagan’s re-election. And, yes,

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Retired news director Ray Jacobs dies

Former KTVU news director Ray Jacobs — who spent many years proving he was among the Marines in the famous Iwo Jima photo — has died of natural causes at a hospital in Redding at age 82, according to the Chron and AP. Jacobs started at Channel 2 in 1958 and worked as a reporter, anchor and eventually news director. He retired in 1992. Here’s a link to a You Tube video of KTVU’s 30th anniversary special (air date: March 3,

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KGO’s Pete Wilson dies at 62

Veteran KGO-TV news anchor and KGO radio host Pete Wilson died Friday night at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto from a massive heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery, the station announced today. The heart attack occurred during surgery on Thursday and doctors battled to save him for more than a day, but he was removed from life support and succumbed at 9:20 p.m. Friday. Wilson, 62, is survived by his wife, Sandra, and son Brendan, who is in college.

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