By: E&P Staff
Darlene Brown, former columnist at The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, died June 27. She was 73.
A Lorain resident all her life, Brown wrote about the area for almost 39 years. She joined the Journal in 1961 as a librarian.
“Darlene was the first person the editors turned to when a story arose that needed deep community ties, a compassionate ear and the ability to swiftly draw a living picture with words,” the Morning Journal reported on Sunday. “Darlene also was a trailblazer in the newsroom as a woman and as an African American without fanfare; simply by doing her job with grace and excellence.”
Brown became the Journal’s first black reporter after meeting the paper’s general manager, Carl Adams, when both were involved locally with the Red Cross. Her writing opportunity at the paper arrived when its obituarist departed, according to the Journal. From obituaries, Brown moved to reporting and editing before taking up her column.
Brown also worked for a Morning Journal children’s charity. After retiring, she wrote occasionally for the paper and continued her work for various civic and social-service organizations.