‘Lawrence Journal-World’ Production Chief, Inventor Dallas Dolan Dies

By: E&P Staff

Dallas E. Dolan, former production manager at the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, died Friday after fighting cardiovascular problems for more than 25 years. He was 80.

Dolan joined the Journal-World as a pressman in 1944, rising to press superintendent and production manager. After reducing his hours, he remained employed as a special consultant. Among his honors were citations from USA Today, which The World Co. prints for a five-state area.

A charter member of the Mid-America Mechanical Conference for more than 30 years, most of them as a board member, Dolan invented a four-sided circulation cart and a watering system for offset presses.

In an obituary that appeared Saturday in LJWorld.com, Bill Mayer quotes Journal-World Editor and World Co. Chairman Dolph C. Simons Jr. saying that Dolan was not extremely knowledgeable about presses and every other area of our production process [and] played a significant role in the expansion of our physical plant, starting in 1954 when we moved from our former location.”

Beyond his “unbelievable mechanical skills and his unique talent for sensing what might be wrong with a particular piece of equipment and determining ways to correct the problem,” Simons also cited Dolan’s loyalty to the company and its people and its efficient operation. “His involvement went far beyond mechanical operations– and included great interest in the news and advertising facets. Dallas worked with four generations of the Simons family.”

Mayer also noted Dolan’s long involvement in local fast-pitch softball, where he “was regarded as one of the finest catchers [and] a fierce competitor … known for his fiery temper.”

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