By: Jamie Santo
Thomas Carlin, 77, former publisher of the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press and Dispatch, died July 15 of cancer. Carlin, publisher from 1973 until he retired in 1985, guided the Pioneer Press and Dispatch during a $50-million expansion into a new production plant. He joined the newspapers in 1953 as an advertising representative. Carlin’s 32-year career with the St. Paul newspapers included stints as assistant to the publisher, business manager, and general manager.
Charles D. Harkins, 73, former sports editor for the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune, died July 13. Harkins, who served as sports editor from 1967 to 1979, was instrumental in the development of the Wyoming Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Milward Simpson Award, which honors one Wyoming high-school boy and girl each year for their achievements in citizenship and sportsmanship. Harkins played minor and major league baseball in the 1950s with the Washington Senators organization and semipro ball with the Worland Indians and other teams in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. He was also a scout for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.
James Mynatt “”Snuffy”” Smith, 88, former editor and career journalist, died June 23. Smith, who acquired his sobriquet from the Snuffy Smith comic strip character, was editor of what was then The Valley Evening Monitor in McAllen, Texas, from 1936 to 1952. Smith left Texas with businessman Leo Owens to run The Whittier (Calif.) Daily News, where Smith served as the editorial voice for 38 years.
Gail Steele, 75, longtime editor and publisher of the weekly Clatskanie (Ore.) Chief, died July 12. Steele, whose parents were publishers and editors of the Chief, grew up in newspapers. Steele started out writing sports in the eighth grade, worked on various papers through high school and while at Linfield College, and formally joined the Chief in 1951. Excluding a stint at the Madras (Ore.) Pioneer from 1962 to 1968, Steele worked at the Chief until his retirement in 1993.
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