Miriam H. Goldberg
Intermountain Jewish News editor and publisher
Miriam Harris Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Intermountain Jewish News in Denver since 1972, died Jan. 8, 2017, at age 100. She was born May 18, 1916, to Colorado pioneers Harry and Minnie Harris. She was a graduate of East High School in Denver and attended Lindenwood College in St. Louis, Mo.
She married Max Goldberg on Feb. 12, 1936. He was working in advertising and public relations and as a columnist for The Denver Post at the time. He became publisher of the IJN in 1943, and also worked as a local media personality, being instrumental in bringing television to the Denver market with the establishment of Channel 9. He also moderated a talk show on Denver’s Channel 2 and hosted an interview show on Denver’s Channel 7.
She began working at the IJN in 1966. With her husband’s death in 1972, Goldberg took over leadership of the newspaper, increasing advertising and subscription bases along with its editorial scope.
Goldberg was a charter inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, an inductee into the East High School Hall of Fame, and was honored by Colorado Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women.
The IJN, a weekly independent newspaper founded in 1913, is a member of the American Jewish Press Association, for which Goldberg once served as vice president, Colorado Press Association (where she was also a board member) and the National Newspaper Association. She was also on the board of the Better Business Bureau, and a lifetime member of Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization and the National Council of Jewish Women. She supported many charitable organizations and fundraising events in both the Jewish and general communities.
She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Lee (Joseph) Scott; three sons, Charles “Chuck” (Honey) Goldberg, Rabbi Hillel (Elaine) Goldberg, and Richard Goldberg; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services took place Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at BMH-BJ Congregation, with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Institute for the Blind.
Former Denver Post editor
Dan Meyers, a longtime journalist and former editor at The Denver Post, died Dec. 19, 2016, at his home in Philadelphia at age 65 from a brain tumor. Born in Chicago on Feb. 11, 1951, he grew up in the Boston area, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and politics at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., where his father also taught. He earned his master’s degree in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Early on, Meyers worked as a city hall reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, then moved to Colorado as that newspaper’s bureau chief. He joined The Denver Post staff in 1995, working in editing jobs until 2005 in the areas of politics, investigative news and business. In 2005, he left The Post to become a producer and second host of Colorado Matters, an interview show on Colorado Public Radio.
Meyers had also battled colon cancer, discovered in 2008 when he was treated for a shoulder injury. He became a proponent of colon cancer screening, and in November 2009 became communications director at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. After three years, he spent the next two years representing the Anschutz Medical campus, which includes a top cancer treatment center.
In 2014, Meyers became a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in crisis management. He moved to Philadelphia the following year. Also during his career, he worked for the University of Denver and Temple University. In his spare time, he enjoyed golf, softball, skiing and tennis, along with cooking and playing guitar.
He is survived by a son, Jackson Lee Meyers, of Denver; and his former wife, Sondra Lee, of California. A celebration of his life was scheduled for Jan. 8 in Denver, and another event was planned in Philadelphia.
Printer & grandson of Weekly Register Call publisher
Amos Barnes Clark Jr. died Nov. 2, 2016, at age 89. Born in Denver to Amos Barnes Clark and Leah Florence Laird, he was the grandson of George Morgan Laird, publisher of the Weekly Register Call in Central City for 60 years. He was a Denver Public Schools graduate and alumni of South High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1945, and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1. Clark became a printer and co-owner of Century Graphics Printing Company until his retirement.
He is survived by two daughters, Lea Strachan, and Victoria DeMoulin; two sons, Rex Clark, and James DeMoulin; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia “Patty” Clark; two daughters, Michelle Wells, and Theresa Roberts; and a son, Charles J. DeMoulin III. A celebration of his life took place Nov. 19 in Arvada, Colo.
Edward A. Rollman
Longtime employee of A.B. Hirschfeld Press
Edward A. Rollman, a longtime employee of A.B. Hirschfeld Press Inc., in Denver, died in December 2016 following a brief illness. He was born in 1923 in Denver as the youngest of six children. He attended St. Elizabeth’s School and graduated from Cathedral High School, both in Denver, before serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Pacific during World War II.
Rollman went on to work for many years for A.B. Hirschfeld Press Inc., which in 2005 was merged by A. Barry Hirschfeld with three other local printers to create National Hirschfeld, one of the state’s largest commercial printers. The 102-year-old company closed its plant and laid off 250 workers in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Sonia; three daughters, Tina, Beth and Michelle; four sons, Ed Jr., David, Steve and Vince; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise. A celebration of his life was planned.
Former owner of Empire-Courier in Craig, former CPA president
Charles “Chuck” Stoddard Jr., a former newspaper owner in the Craig community, died Dec. 28, 2016, at The Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehabilitation center in Craig at age 91. He was born in Hayden, Colo., in 1925. Two years later, his father, Charles Stoddard Sr., purchased the Courier newspaper in Craig. The newspaper later merged with a competitor and was renamed the Empire-Courier.
Craig Daily Press reporter Lauren Blair posted an article on Jan. 7, describing Stoddard’s history in northwest Colorado, noting he was “a newspaperman, a businessman, an elected official, a World War II veteran and even a real estate developer. In his later years, he also became a major contributor to the historical archives of The Museum of Northwest Colorado, where his records of decades’ worth of Craig history have done more to illuminate an era than just about anything else.” Among his many contributions to the museum are thousands of photographic negatives from 1961-1965, family newspaper memorabilia, his Navy uniform, and his wife’s wedding dress.
Stoddard sold newspapers as a boy, went on to become editor of the school newspaper at Colorado College in Colorado Springs – where he met his future wife, Joann – then returned to Craig in 1950 after his graduation to work at his father’s newspaper. Stoddard bought the newspaper 15 years later in 1965, running it until he sold it in 1974.
In that time, he was elected president of the Colorado Press Association in 1962. Blair noted that it “earned him an invitation to lunch with President John F. Kennedy at the White House. There, he was actually seated next to the president.”
She added that “it was his dedication to his own community that most defined his career, first and foremost through his two and a half decades of work at the Empire-Courier.”
After he sold the newspaper, Stoddard served on the Craig City Council for 12 years and two years as mayor. He was also involved in several local businesses, a lifelong Kiwanis Club member, a member of the Colorado Highway Commission (1966-1976) and a charter member of the Yampa Valley Golf Association.
Memorial services took place Jan. 2, 2017, at The First Congregational Church in Craig. Memorial donations may be made to The Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, care of Grant Mortuary.
Walter M. Wick
Wick Communications publisher emeritus
Walter M. Wick, who along with his brother Bob led Wick Communications for more than half a century, died Dec. 25, 2016, at his home in Hereford, Ariz., at age 85 following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. An inductee in the Arizona Newspaper Association Hall of Fame, Wick was publisher emeritus of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review in that state.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1931, to Milton and Rosemary (Lomas) Wick of Niles. He was born into a pioneering Norwegian family of Lutheran and Presbyterian pastors and ministers. He attended Washington Junior High School and McKinley High School, both in Niles, graduating in 1949. He attended college at Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio, and the University of Minnesota. He married Joyce M. Nelson in June 1951 in Minneapolis, then moved to work as publisher of the Niles Daily Times until 1961. The next year he became publisher of the Williston (N.D.) Daily Herald. He held that position for the next 14 years, when he moved to Arizona when his father became ill and after the death of his teenage son, Thomas Walter, in 1973. He was named publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review and also served as president of the board of directors of Wick News, Inc., for many years.
The brothers purchased their uncle’s interest in Wick Communications in 1965, following his death. Their father, Milton, and uncle, James, founded the company when they acquired the family’s first newspaper in 1926 in Niles, Ohio. Family members still remain active in the business today. Walter’s daughter, Rebecca Rogers, is on the company board of directors; nephew Francis Wick is company president and CEO; daughter Pat Wick is assistant general manager at the Herald/Review, and her son Andrew Saenz, is interim general manager of the Nogales International.
Walter and Robert Wick assumed full ownership of the company, expanded to 27 publications, in 1981 following the death of their father. Wick Communications currently has holdings in 11 states, including the Montrose Daily Press in Colorado.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly E. (Sullivan); his brother, Robert “Bob” J. (Estellean) Wick, of Bisbee; three daughters, Patricia Wick (Samuel Zackey), and Rebecca Rogers, both of Sierra Vista, and Martha Lundin (Steve Frye), of Waukesha, Wis.; two sons, Robert M. (Linda Golya) Wick, and Jonathan P. (Theresa Sowersby) Wick, both of Hereford, and Christopher M. Wick, of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and stepchildren Tom (Karen) Caswelch, and Doug (Coleen) Caswell, their families, and former wife, Joellen (Fisher) Wick. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Walter; a nephew, Stanley Walter; and his former wife, Joyce M. Wick, in 2002.
Services were planned for Jan. 6, 2017, in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Gift memorials may be made to the Wick Poetry program at Kent State University.