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Donald Forst, former top editor
at Boston Herald, Boston Magazine

Donald Forst, a veteran newsman and former editor in chief of the Boston Herald, died Jan. 4 in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y. Forst had been living in Albany. He was 81 and suffered complications of colon cancer.

His lengthy career began in the mid-1950s. He had been cultural editor for The New York Times; assistant city editor and financial editor of The New York Post; editor of Boston Magazine; and editor in chief of the Boston Herald. He also was employed at the former New York Herald Tribune, the former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and the former Houston Press.

Forst was hired in 1971 as managing editor of Newsday, and later spent a decade as founding editor and editor in chief of New York Newsday. Among the reporters and columnists he led was Jim Dwyer, who won a Pulitzer for commentary in 1995. The paper stopped publication in 1995.

"He might send somebody to go live in an obscure village in the Dominican Republic for three months," Dwyer, now a New York Times columnist, told The Associated Press. "He might send someone else to write about the subways three times a week because that was the defining experience of a New Yorker. He wanted to be first and exclusive with everything, so he pushed and pushed and pushed."

New York Newsday’s other Pulitzer under Forst was awarded for coverage of a 1991 subway derailment that killed five passengers.

After New York Newsday, Forst briefly became metropolitan editor of The Daily News in New York City and, soon after, editor in chief of The Village Voice, an alternative weekly in New York City that was at the time struggling for an identity. Under Forst, it won a Pulitzer for international reporting for a series on AIDS in Africa in 2000.

He left the Village Voice in 2005 and spent the past seven years teaching journalism at the University of Albany.

“He was terrific. He was a very serious, very good newsman with a sense of perspective, but down to earth,” Bob Sales, former executive editor of the Boston Herald, was quoted in its obituary of Forst.

Forst leaves his wife, Starr Ockenga.

Peter Gelzinis tribute to Forst

Joe Fitzgerald tribute to Forst

Margery Eagan tribute to Forst

Boston Herald editorial about Forst


 

 


Robert Z. Nemeth

Robert Z. Nemeth, 85, of Worcester, Mass., died Jan. 10 in his home.

Nemeth had a long career at the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester. He was a reporter, editorial writer, chief editorial writer, Sunday editor, and editor of the editorial pages there. He also frequently wrote theater and music criticism for the Telegram and the then-Evening Gazette. He retired in 2000. He contributed more than 700 weekly columns on current events and politics for the Sunday Telegram after he retired.

Nemeth, a Budapest native, was employed there at a national magazine, newspapers, and Radio Budapest from 1948 to 1956. He was a member of the Petofi Circle, made up of young writers and journalists instrumental in the anti-Soviet uprising in Hungary. He came to the United States in 1957 as a political refugee when the revolution was crushed.

In 1970, he was a Stanford Professional Journalism Fellow. He won numerous awards, including the Thomas B. Stokes Award for environmental journalism, the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and awards for editorial writing from United Press International.

He was active with the National Conference of Editorial Writers and the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. There, he taught classes in editing.

He also was a commissioner for Worcester Regional Airport.

He leaves his wife, Charlene; a son, Bob; a grandson.


Mark F. Schmiedel

Mark F. Schmiedel, 60, of Warwick, R.I., died Dec. 31 in his home.

After graduating from Western Connecticut State University in the 1970s, Schmiedel became a writer for the sports department before being promoted to sports editor at The News-Times of Danbury, Conn.

Schmiedel also was a section editor for The Providence (R.I.) Journal’s sports department for about 25 years.

Schmiedel leaves his mother, Sally; two sons, Gregory and Daniel; a daughter, Carolyn; his former wife, Anne; his girlfriend, Linda Domroes; a brother; a sister.


James Sanville

James Sanville, 79, of Scarborough, Maine, died Jan. 8 in Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Sanville was a 47-year employee of Guy Gannett Publishing, Co., formerly headquartered in Portland until it was sold in 1998. He was a retired assistant production director for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram of Portland.

He began his career with the Portland Press Herald as a delivery boy. At age 16, he got a job in its mailroom.

For many years, he was also employed in the stereotype department there. He was also an advertising makeup person there for several years.

Sanville became president of the local stereotypers union, and was involved with the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union of North America. He had previously been active in unions affiliated with the Portland Press Herald.

During his final years as a newspaperman, he was the assistant production director, and played a key role in the development of the newspapers’ printing and distribution plant in South Portland. He retired in 1996 with the title of assistant production director.

He leaves his wife of more than 60 years, Jacqueline; a daughter, Gael; two sons, Jim and Gary; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; two brothers; a sister.


Marilyn (Bryan) Griswold

Marilyn (Bryan) Griswold, 88, of Berlin, Conn., died Jan. 8 in Apple Rehab in Cromwell, Conn.

Griswold had been a newspaper reporter and a social editor at the Middletown (Conn.) Press.

Griswold leaves three children, Bryan, Meg and Mark; four grandsons; a sister.


Mark Feinberg

Mark Feinberg, 85, of Avon, Conn., died Jan. 4 in Apple Rehab in Avon.

He was a reporter at both The Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the then-Daily News in Springfield, Mass. He also he was an award-winning journalist at The Boston Globe.

He leaves two sons, Adam and Eric, and two grandchildren, Garrett and Jeremy.


Marie Gertrude Coolidge

Marie Gertrude Coolidge, 90, of Hypoluxo, Fla., died Jan. 1 in Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla.

She was a feature writer for the former Newton (Mass.) Graphic, now the Newton (Mass.) TAB, where she and her late husband, Ralph, were a writer-photographer team.

They then moved to Sarasota, Fla., and she became a feature writer for the Cape Coral (Fla.) Breeze. She later wrote for another local daily newspaper, the now-defunct Evening Independent of St. Petersburg, Fla. The Independent merged with the St. Petersburg Times in 1986.

The couple also sailed around Florida, working as a writer-photographer team and freelancing stories to various magazines.

Coolidge also wrote patriotic songs, novels, feature films, and many short stories and poems. She was a member of the Miami Writers and Critics group.

She leaves a sister, Terry; a niece; and many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.


Matthew Paul Hickey

Matthew Paul Hickey, 47, of Hingham, Mass., died of brain cancer Dec. 26 in Hingham Hospice.

He was a reporter in the 1980s for the Old Colony Memorial of Plymouth, Mass.

He moved to California in the 1990s and produced documentaries for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. In 2010, Hickey went back to making documentaries with themes related to Massachusetts and the South Shore.

He leaves his parents, Paul and Diane; two brothers, Thomas and David; a sister, Brenda.


Mabry (Remington) Lyman

Mabry (Remington) Lyman of Williamsburg, Va., died Jan. 7.

Lyman, a former personal secretary to Roman Catholic Bishops Harvey Butterfield and Robert S. Kerr in Vermont, was later a longtime editor of The Mountain Echo, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont.

Lyman leaves two sons, Edward and William; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.


Harris Currier

Harris Currier, 85, of Mashpee, Mass., and formerly of Waltham, Mass., died Jan. 6.

He had a long career in advertising sales, beginning at The Herald Publishing Company and ending with the Community Newspaper Company. Community Newspaper Company, publisher of the most newspapers in Eastern Massachusetts, and based in Needham, Mass., is now owned by GateHouse Media, based in Perinton, N.Y.

He leaves two daughters, Christine and Connie; two stepdaughters, Maureen and Kate; six grandsons.


John H. Gauthier

John H. Gauthier, 89, of Braintree, Mass., died Jan. 1 in his home.

He was a pressman for more than 50 years, first for the former Boston Herald Traveler and then for the Boston Herald. He then was employed at The Boston Globe, where he stayed for 11 years.

Gauthier leaves three sons, Jeffrey, Paul and John Jr.; two daughters, Denise and Rita; 14 grandchildren.


Kenneth J. Moynihan

Kenneth J. Moynihan, 69, of Paxton, Mass., died Jan. 10.

Moynihan wrote columns for then-Worcester (Mass.) Magazine and the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester. He also wrote two books, “The History of Assumption College” and “A History of Worcester 1674-1848.”

He was an active member of the Democratic Party, and backed and advised candidates at the state and local levels. He was a delegate for George McGovern at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Moynihan had been chairman of the Citizens Plan E Association in Worcester.

He leaves his wife, Mary Jo; three children, Connie, Mary Beth and Jolayne; two grandchildren.


Earl H. Blake

Earl H. Blake, 89, of Farmington, N.H., died Dec. 28 in Epsom (N.H.) Healthcare Center.

Blake delivered the Manchester-based New Hampshire Union Leader for 20 years. His photographs appeared in multiple New Hampshire newspapers.

He leaves a son, Richard; a daughter, Beverly; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.


Vincent Joseph Iovino

Vincent Joseph Iovino, 55, of Woodbridge, Conn., died unexpectedly Jan. 11 in Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital.

He had been employed at the then-Fairfield County (Conn.) News.

He leaves his wife, Nina; two children, Christopher and Katarina Rose; a sister.


Virginia C. (Doyle) Hart

Virginia C. (Doyle) Hart of Westwood, Mass., died Jan. 4 in the Kindred Highgate Nursing Home in Dedham, Mass.

Hart was employed at The Herald News of Fall River, Mass., during World War II.

Hart leaves two sons, James and Jeffrey; a daughter, Judith; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.


Jane (Jackson) Herklots

Jane Elizabeth (Jackson) Herklots, 86, died Dec. 31 in Naples, Fla.

She was employed at the former Windham County Transcript newspaper, based in West Killingly, Conn.

She leaves a sister-in-law, Elaina Jackson, and several nieces and nephews.

 

The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondents Melanie Dostis, Isabella Hendricks, Hope Oje, Scott Oldano, Samantha Ormsby and Ashley Peltier, undergraduate students at Northeastern University, and Bulletin correspondent Haley Hamilton and Jessica Mendoza, the Bulletin’s news staff coordinator, both graduate students there in the School of Journalism.



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