In Memory archive

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.

Former San Francisco Chronicle food columnist GraceAnn Walden died at the age of 70 at her Vallejo home. Chronicle staff member Paolo Lucchesi wrote this appreciation of her life and work.

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.