Charles “Chuck” Geddes Campbell Jr.
Journalist for 50+ years with The Pueblo Chieftain

February 2017 Obits: Campbell

Charles “Chuck” Geddes Campbell Jr., who recently retired as the editorial page editor of The Pueblo Chieftain after employment there for more than 50 years, died Jan. 1, 2017, in Pueblo at age 74. He was born April 26, 1942, to Juanita S. Campbell and Charles Geddes Campbell Sr. The Denver native graduated from Central High School, and attended Doane College in Nebraska and Southern Colorado State College in 1963 before going to work at The Chieftain.

According to an article posted by Chieftain reporter Jon Pompia, “His career at The Pueblo Chieftain spanned five decades, during which time he worked his way up the ranks from copy clerk to acting managing editor.” From copy clerk he became a reporter, then assistant city editor in 1970. Five years later he was named city editor, and in 1986, acting managing editor. “Two years later, he became editor of the editorial page, a position he held until his retirement.” Chieftain Publisher and President Jane Rawlings said in that article that: “Chuck was a newsroom icon. He was always professional and kept the best interest of the newspaper in mind. A real gentleman.”

Campbell was president of the Pueblo Newspaper Guild in 1971, elected state chairman of The Associated Press the following year and again in 1973, and over the years helped The Chieftain win many awards from the Colorado Press Association. Active in the community, he was a board member of NeighborWorks of Pueblo, president of Pueblo Community College Vocational Advisory Council, and a member of the Pueblo Memorial Airport Advisory Committee.

He is survived by a daughter, Kriss Kettell; a son, Jason Bryan (Karen Ann) Campbell of Colorado Springs; three granddaughters, Kayla Brooke Kettell of Pinellas Park, Fla., Victoria Anne Steen of Farmington, N.M., and Delenn Dianne Campbell of Colorado Springs; and a grandson, Lorien Lazai Hof.

A memorial service took place on Jan. 9 in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel in Pueblo; cremation followed.

Harmon Kallman
Former Denver Post reporter, Secretaries of the Interior spokesman

February 2017 Obits: Kallman

Harmon Kallman, who worked as a reporter for The Denver Post, as a Senate aide, and as spokesman for seven Secretaries of the Interior, died Jan. 13, 2017, in Las Cruces, N.M., at age 92. He was born July 11, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served three years in the U.S. Navy during and after World War II, going on to graduate in 1947 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. That year he also married Marjorie Ann House, of Dallas, who died in 1971. His second marriage was to Rebecca Pastor Taylor, of Springfield, Va., who died in 2014.

Covering local and state courts, government and politics, Kallman worked for the Dallas Morning News from 1947-1953, when he moved to The Denver Post. In 1960 he moved to the Washington, D.C., area to work as press aide for the late Senator John A. Carroll (D-Colo.). From 1963-1985 he was a career press officer with the Interior Department, first for the Bureau of Land Management and then for the Secretary’s Office – working for secretaries such as Stewart Udall and James Watt, for Democrats and Republicans alike. In 1984 he received the department’s Distinguished Service Award.

Following his retirement, he edited a book, “Restoring America’s Wildlife,” published in 1987, about the first 50 years of the Pittman-Robertson Act, a tax on hunting weapons that “revolutionized” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He is survived by the children of his first marriage, a daughter, Constance L. Kallman (Stephen S. Woods), of Las Cruces, N.M.; and two sons, Thomas M. Kallman, of Concrete, Wash., and Theodore W. (Cindy K.) Kallman, of Denver; and two granddaughters, Juliet C. Woods, and Eugenia F. Woods, both of Denver. A memorial service was planned to take place in Virginia.

Su Lum
Longtime Aspen Times columnist

February 2017 Obits: Lum

Su Lum, a longtime columnist for The Aspen Times who was widely known for her “acerbic wit,” died Jan. 29, 2017, at age 80 at Aspen Valley Hospital. Lum died from complications of pneumonia and lung disease after smoking cigarettes for decades. She grew up in New Jersey, moving to Alaska with her then-husband in 1961 to homestead. Three years later she came to Colorado and fell in love with the Aspen area.

An article by Times reporter Scott Condon said: “Friends and family remembered Su Lum … as a fixture at The Aspen Times, a relentless and unapologetic voice for preserving Aspen’s character, and a keen observer of life who called it like she saw it – often with a strategic dose of profanity.” She became part of “the trinity that guided The Aspen Times through the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and into the ‘90s” with former owner and publisher Bil Dunaway and former longtime editor Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, both now deceased.

Lum worked for the newspaper for 46 years as an advertising representative and advertising director, retiring from that department in January 2012. She was a columnist as well, from 1989 until her death, as she was planning a new “Slumming” column just days prior.

Among other observations, Condon noted that: Lum befriended many reporters, ad reps and production workers at the newspaper, was a small woman who still had a commanding and occasionally intimidating presence, and wouldn’t hesitate to confront an editor about how a story was written or why an issue wasn’t being pursued. She was also known as a caring and fun-loving person, owned and loved several generations of dachshunds, liked to garden and play bridge online, and kept longtime friends.

A remembrance of Lum’s life was planned.

William J. Rocchio
Retired Denver Post pressman

February 2017 Obits: Rocchio

William J. Rocchio, who retired as a pressman from The Denver Post in 2008, died Jan. 14, 2017, at age 70 at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, Fla. He grew up in Cranston, R.I., graduating from Cranston East High School in 1964. He then served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1968, he married Martha, residing in Attleboro, Mass., and raising two children.

During his career, he worked as a pressman for the Providence (R.I.) Journal, the Roto-Gravure, and The Denver Post. After he retired, he and his wife made the move to Florida. Rocchio was a member of the Moose Lodge #2308 in Dunnellon, Fla., the American Legion Post #0400 in Orlando, and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was a Catholic, and enjoyed playing cards, including weekly guys’ poker nights.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha A. Rocchio, of Dunnelon, Fla.; a daughter, Stephanie L. (Timothy) Cranston, of Citra, Fla.; a son, William J. (Kathy) Rocchio Jr., of Attleboro, Mass.; three sisters, Marie Ann (Richard) DiGennaro, of Hawaii, Sandra J. (Michael) Palazzo, of Bradenton, Fla., and Victoria (William) Lawrence, of Mansfield, Mass.; three grandchildren, Vinnie and Tyler Rocchio, and Jaxon Cranston; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, Giulio E. Rocchio Jr. Memorial services took place on Jan. 29 at Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon, Fla.

Robert Wendell Saile
Retired Denver Post Outdoor Sports Editor

February 2017 Obits: Salle

Robert “Bob” Wendell Saile, of Centennial, Colo., the longtime outdoor sports editor for The Denver Post, died Jan. 16, 2017, at age 78. Born in Las Vegas, Nev., to Oliver and Anne Saile, he graduated from Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

He worked for some years at the former Houston Post – interviewing the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Walt Disney and Jimmy Stewart – before going to work at The Denver Post in 1967. He soon became the Outdoor Sports Editor (1970-1997) and remained with the newspaper until his retirement in 1997. Saile was also a contributor to Field & Stream magazine for many years, and an author of outdoor books including “The Sultan of Swing,” 1998, and “Trout Country,” 1999.

An active environmentalist, Saile tended to issues such as Whirling Disease in trout, opposition to the Two Forks Dam on the South Platte River, and the preservation of more than 20 miles of trout streams. In addition to writing his weekly columns, he enjoyed playing piano, guitar and harmonica.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol Elizabeth Heath; three sisters, Anne Scott, Gail (Ron) Qualls, and Virginia (Ron) Bollman; a brother, Edward (Lynn) Saile; three children, Sharla Saile (George) Voight, Kevin (Theresa), and Slater; grandchildren Amanda Robinette, and Zachary, Dylan and Layton Saile; great-grandson Kaleb Saile; an aunt, Lois Morehouse; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services took place Jan. 29 at SummitView Church, Centennial, Colo.