The film archivist Stephen Parr, said by a friend to “understood elements of culture, music, philosophy and film, in an order that only happened in his really creative, percolating mind,” has died.
Former San Francisco Chronicle movie critic Judy Stone has died at the age of 93. She was described by veteran journalist and movie critic Ruthe Stein as “a passionate and articulate advocate for the world of cinema outside Hollywood.”
Lloyd Watson, for decades a columnist and business editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, has died. He was regarded for clear writing, good connections to the business world, and a willingness to mentor young journalists.
Fred Van Amburg, known on Bay Area television simply as “Van Amburg,” has died at the age of 86 in El Cerrito. He was the dominant face and voice of news in the 1970s and ’80s, teaming with Jerry Jensen on KGO-TV to capture the bulk of the evening TV news market. Watch a 1986 newscast anchored by Van Amburg here.
Ken Ackerman, an iconic Bay Area radio voice for more than a half century, has died at the age of 95. After a short stint in Sacramento, he joined San Francisco radio station KQW, later to become KCBS, in 1942.
Wayne Walker, a former football star and sports director for Bay Area television station KPIX, has died at the age of 80. Before the age of ESPN and other cable sports behemoths, Mr. Walker was a dominant voice of sports in San Francisco for two decades. Before joining KPIX in 1974, he was a linebacker for the Detroit Lions. Steve Kroner, a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer and former co-worker with Mr. Walker, remembered him in this appreciation.
Robert W. Taylor, a pioneer in the development of modern computing, has died in Woodside at the age of 85. Mr. Taylor launched Arpanet, a precursor to the Internet, oversaw engineering at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, and, according to the Los Angeles Times, “nurtured the youngest, most talented scientists he could find.”
John B. Edmands, longtime publisher and editor of the Pleasanton Times, has died at a rest home in England. In addition to his newspaper career, which spanned 30 years in Pleasanton alone, Mr. Edmands was active in civic affairs. He is remembered in this obituary by his stepdaughter Molly Walker.
Delbert Clark Biggs, whose career in journalism took him from the Sacramento Bee to KRON-TV and KGO-TV, has died in Granite Bay. He was 83/
David Cole, who helped usher the San Francisco Examiner into the digital age, published a newsletter on technology, and built scale-model steam railroads in his back yard, died at 62.
Agar Jaicks, a longtime KGO-TV director and producer. died at the age of 93. Best known as a well-regarded Democratic Party leader in San Francisco, he also worked for four decades at KGO, starting as a stagehand.
Warren Hinckle, the muckraking, monkey-wrenching journalist who was at home on a bar stool as in a newsroom, has died at the age of 77 in San Francisco. A colorful character who never met a deadline he liked, Hinckle wrote or edited for an array of publications, including Ramparts magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. He was the author of numerous books, including “Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?” due for publication this year.
Dennis J. Opatrny, an old-school reporter who doggedly covered crime, courts and corruption in Lincoln, Neb., Santa Rosa and San Francisco, died of cancer at the age of 77.
Grace Prien, for decades a doyenne of the San Francisco society pages, has died at the age of 101. From the 1940s to the 1970s, she wrote about all manner of celebrity gossip, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in an obituary.
Veteran newspaper reporter and labor spokesman Jim Herron Zamora died after a stroke at the age of 57. His wide-ranging career and many talents were captured in obituaries in the Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bob Rezak, a publicist with the soul of a journalist, a backer of the arts, and an early supporter of the Media Museum of Northern California, died Feb. 12, 2016, at the age of 83.
Catherine Shen. whose newspaper career as a reporter, editor and executive took her to Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Honolulu and the Pacific Northwest, has died at the age of 68.
Glenn Mayeda, whose journalism career took him from the now-defunct Richmond Independent to the sports desk in San Francisco, has died at 64 of complications of heart disease.
A onetime Army paratrooper, ad salesman, magazine publisher, media executive and CEO of the Chronicle Publishing Co., John Sias has died at 88. Among other things, he guided the Chronicle through its sale to the Hearst Corp.
Robert Commanday, who wrote about music and dance from 1964 to 1993 in the San Francisco Chronicle, has died at 93. He preceded his newspaper career as a music teacher and choral conductor. After he left the Chronicle he founded the website San Francisco Classical Voice. Read the Chronicle’s obituary here and Classical Voice’s appreciation here.
Laura Marquez, longtime reporter for KGO-TV and the ABC network, has died at the age of 56 of breast cancer. Her career included coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the recall of former California Gov. Gray Davis.
David Littlejohn, professor emeritus of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, has died at his home in Kensington.
Ron Bergman, who covered the Bay Area sports scene for the Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News, has died at the age of 80.
Vince Roman, a news director with KGO-TV for 37 years, has died at the age of 90. Mr. Roman, a Belmont resident, was one of the first news directors in Bay Area television.
Carl Jensen, the Sonoma State University professor who founded Project Censored to highlight stories uncovered in the mainstream press, has died at 85.
Nan McEvoy, a member of the San Francisco Chronicle’s founding family, died March 26 at the age of 95. According to the Chronicle, she also was a founding staff member of the Peace Corps, a philanthropist, and a board member at UCSF, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Symphony and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. In later life she established a company producing high quality olive oil.
Dori J. Maynard, a champion of diversity in journalism, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, writer and onetime newspaper reporter, has died at 56 of lung cancer. Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting who met Ms. Maynard more than a quarter century ago, wrote this tribute.
He rose from copy boy to legendary editor in a San Francisco Chronicle career spanning 62 years. Bill German, described by Chronicle science editor David Perlman as “the finest shirt-sleeve editor I have ever known,” has died at the age of 95.
Bernard Mayes, first general manager of KQED-FM, public radio pioneer, Anglican priest and founder of the first U.S. suicide prevention center, has died at 85.
Michael Harris, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter whose stories in 1953 about government secrecy inspired California’s Brown Act open meetings law, has died at 92. He retired from the Chronicle in 1994 after nearly a half century at the paper.
Harry Sweet, the Sacramento Valley’s first television news photographer and “one of the nicest people you’d ever meet,” has died at the age of 93. He is credited with covering the famous and infamous, devising creative camera shots and preserving a wealth of footage that chronicles some of the most historic events of his time.
Casey Kasem, who personified the Top 40 radio format and in the 1960s broadcast from KYA in San Francisco and KEWB in Oakland, has died at 82.
In memoriam: Raul Ramirez, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, journalism teacher and executive director of news and public affairs at KQED radio, has died at the age of 67. The cause was esophageal cancer.
Talk show host Gene Burns, a veteran of KGO Radio, dies at 72.