By: Jamie Santo
John Doohan, 86, chief librarian for The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times in Missouri, died July 21. Doohan began in 1929 as a copy boy at the now-defunct Times, where he worked as reporter, copy reader, feature writer and grain reporter before becoming librarian in 1949. Doohan served as librarian for nearly three decades, until his retirement in 1978. Doohan, a fount of local information, was consulted by authors such as Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough, who began his research on Kansas City at Doohan’s kitchen table.
Bernard D. Kaplan, 71, veteran foreign correspondent, died July 27 from complications arising from a cardiac arrest last December. Kaplan, a roving European correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, was a fixture among the American press corps in Paris, where he was based since 1956. Kaplan started his career as a foreign correspondent covering the Korean War for the International News Service, then owned by the Hearst Corp. Kaplan began his tenure in Paris working for the North American Newspaper Alliance, and worked for the Montreal Star, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and NBC before joining Hearst Newspapers in 1975. Kaplan, whose erudition encompassed a broad range of subjects, once contributed to the columns of William Randolph Hearst Jr., and penned his last article, an analysis of the relationship between Germany and Russia over the centuries, Nov. 30.
John Patrick Lynch, 46, fifth-generation newspaperman, died July 7 at his home. After graduating from the University of the Pacific, where he was editor in chief of the campus newspaper, Lynch joined his father, Robert, and two older brothers, Bill and Jim, at The Sonoma (Calif.) Index-Tribune. Lynch served as a sports and news reporter for the Index-Tribune before becoming managing editor. Lynch moved to the Antioch (Calif.) Daily Ledger (now Ledger Dispatch) in 1987 and joined the Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal in 1989, where he worked as copy editor, wire editor, and editor of the lifestyles section. Lynch joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1997 as a copy editor.
Tom McPhail, 47, former head and co-founder of the Ireland International news agency, died July 23 of cancer. McPhail, who began his career in 1969 as a reporter for the Drogheda Independent, became a news editor for both the Irish Press newspaper group and Britain’s Granada Television. McPhail, along with three colleagues, founded Ireland International in 1982 to cover Ireland for the British and foreign media. He retired in April 1998 due to illness.
Norman “”Fred”” Smith, 48, managing editor of The Herald in Jasper, Ind., died July 22 in a van crash that also claimed the life of his 15-year-old daughter, Erin. His wife, Diane, sustained minor injuries in the single-vehicle accident in Huntingburg, Ind. Smith was named managing editor for The Herald in February 1997 after 12 years as city editor.
A. Stanley Tretick, 77, professional photographer, died July 19. Tretick produced many lasting images over the course of his career, including the widely displayed portrait of John F. Kennedy Jr, playing under his father’s White House desk. Tretick began in 1941 at The Washington Post, where he worked as a copy boy with a lifelong friend, Harold Treskunoff, before entering World War II as a Marine combat correspondent. Tretick reprised that role during the Korean war, sending home photographs of mass graves for American troops.
Tretick later served as photographer for United Press International, where his credits included such shots as the one of reputed mobster Johnny Dio’s fist, taken just moments before it struck his camera. Tretick later served as photographer for the Kennedy family as well as Look and People magazines.
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