NICHOLAS J. PERGOLA (Age 94) On Sunday, February 3, 2013 former UPI-White House Photographer. Husband of the late Vita A. Pergola (nee Puccio); loving father of Robert P. (Peggy), Thomas A. (Karolyn) and Dennis (Katherine) Pergola; grandfather of Angela M. Weiland, Thomas A. Pergola II, Cynthia Jefferson and Theresa Burrage-Cobb; great-grandfather of Faith D. Weiland, Aryn, Jordan, Lauren and Cameron Burrage-Cobb, Mitchel, Nicole and Amber Jefferson; Relatives and friends may call at the BORGWARDT FUNERAL HOME 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church, 135 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD on Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) 71 'O' Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
November 25, 2012
Gary Haynes, a distinguished photojournalist who assembled and directed a team of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers at The Inquirer in the 1970s and '80s, has died at 76. Mr. Haynes was found Friday morning at his home in San Francisco after family and friends could not reach him by phone. The Medical Examiner's Office there said Mr. Haynes died of natural causes that were still being determined. "Almost overnight, he brought the paper into modern photojournalism," recalled Gene Roberts, the Inquirer editor who hired Mr. Haynes away from the New York Times in 1974. "He brought in a whole new wave of photographers." READ MORE:
THOMAS L. HOY
October 25, 2012 The Washington Post
Thomas L. Hoy, 76, a news photographer with the old Washington Evening Star newspaper in the 1950s and 1960s who became public relations director for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, died Oct. 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. He died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said his daughter Betsy Shiverick. From 1953 to 1966, Mr. Hoy was a photographer for the Star. His best-known pictures included Willie Mays hitting a home run in 1956; former British prime minister Winston Churchill flashing his famous V sign on his last visit to the United States in 1959; and a picture of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children at President John F. Kennedy’s grave site in Arlington National Cemetery after his November 1963 assassination.
Thomas Larkin Hoy was born in Cincinnati and raised in the Washington area. He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1955, two years after he began working at the Star. He left the Star in 1966 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where he was employed until he retired in 1994. Mr. Hoy, a Bethesda resident, was a former board member of the White House News Photographers Association and a member of the National Press Club and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara Stall Hoy of Bethesda; two daughters, Betsy Shiverick of New York City and Christy Gosnell of Potomac; and five grandchildren. A twin brother, Frank Hoy, a former Washington Post photographer, died in 2006.
So sad about Jim Wells. I took this picture at that wet plate meeting at my studio years ago... I'll bet
he would like this picture -- Dennis Brack
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of longtime friend, colleague and WHNPA member Jim Wells. Jim passed way on Friday, May 11, 2012, and arrangements are pending. Jim was a staff photographer for the New York bureau of the Associated Press from 1970-1973 and as an editorial magazine photographer in West Africa from 1968-1970. Wells was a photographer for ICF Doubleday, the National Geographic Society, a general assignment photographer for Life magazine from 1968-1970, a contract general assignment photographer from 1968-1970 for Time magazine, and Washingtonian magazine. Wells was an adjunct professor of photography at the University of the District of Columbia, a position he has held since 1983, and was a lecturer in photography at Howard University’s College of Fine Arts in Washington, DC from 1978-79. WHNPA president Ron Sachs said: “Jim Wells was one of the most respected members of the WHNPA. He was a pioneer and a teacher. Among his many awards and accolades, Jim was The Exposure Group's recipient of the 2003 Maurice Sorrell Lifetime Achievement Award. I have had the privilege of knowing Jim for the past 4 decades. It was always a treat for me to see Jim and spend time with him at WHNPA meetings and galas over these many years. Many student photographers at Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia have benefitted from his mentoring and friendship. Jim will be missed. Condolences to his wife Linda and their family.” Jim was a member of the WHNPA since 1968 and many of you remember his smiling face as he handed you your goodie bags at the end of many, many award galas… as recently as last weekend. Jim was a devoted member of the association and will be deeply missed.
The funeral service will be this Saturday, May 19th, in Rankin Chapel on the Howard University campus at 11AM. Just prior there will be a chance to gather with the family from 10-11AM in the Rankin Chapel. Immediately following the services will be repast at the Blackburn Gallery on Howard Campus. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery at 401 Suitland Road, Suitland, Maryland.
Linda Grant— Jim Wells’ wife — called to say that donations in Jim’s name could be made to the WHNPA Lecture Series. Establishing a recurring educational program - the “Jim Wells Memorial Lecture” - will be a fitting way to keep Jim’s memory and work alive for future generations. You can send contributions for the educational fund to: WHNPA PO Box 7119 Ben Franklin Station Washington, Dc 20144-7119 Check memo notation: Jim Wells lecture fund. Also, we will see that the Wells family receives any cards or letters you wish to send.
The photographer who in 1963 took the iconic picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father's casket during the assassinated president's funeral has lost his battle with cancer. Stan Stearns, 76, died Friday at the Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Mandrin House in Harwood, Md. Mr. Sterns was president of the White House News Photographers Association in 1969.
Stanley Frank Stearns was born May 11, 1935, in Annapolis. He attended Annapolis High School and began working as a photographer at the Capitol newspaper when he was 16. Mr. Stearns spent four years with the Air Force as a photographer for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, before joining U.P.I. in Washington near the end of the Eisenhower administration. He later covered the administrations of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon before moving into commercial photography in the 1970s.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday in Annapolis.Services will be held at Hardesty Funeral Home on Ridgely Avenue in Annapolis on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. He will be buried in the Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery in Crownsville.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
Obituaries and tributes:
From the NY Times
From the Washington Post
From the huffintonpost.com
It is with great sadness that we report to you the sudden passing of longtime WHNPA member Jim Atherton. The following is from WHNPA president, Ron Sachs:
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Jim Atherton. It is easy to say all of the "right" things: Jim was a towering figure in the Washington Photographic Community; He was an award-winning photographer for U.P.I. and the Washington Post; Jim's many accolades include the White House News Photographers Association Lifetime Achievement Award; and is a former member of the U.S. Senate Standing Committee of Press Photographers. But, Jim was far more than that. I was lucky enough to have know him both professionally and as a friend of my family's. His knowledge of the people and the landscape on Capitol Hill allowed him to make photos others could only dream of taking. In his matter-of-fact style, Jim was a mentor to both me and my brother, and I am sure countless other photographers, when we first started covering Capitol Hill. I spent many hours listening to Jim and learning from him. He always knew precisely where to position himself and I learned very early to stay close to him and observe what he was doing and how he was doing it. Given the fact he was a family friend, I also had the privilege of being able to go to him later to ask for help and advice. Our industry owes a lot to Jim Atherton and we will miss him.
Hilary Araujo at the 2010 Eyes of History gala, photo/ Kevin Wolf
The Tiffen Company Mourns the Passing of Hilary Araujo, VP of Marketing Hauppauge, N.Y., April 15, 2011– It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Hilary Araujo on April 14, 2011 at the age of 65 after a short illness. Mr. Araujo had been Vice President of Marketing for The Tiffen Company since June of 2004 and was responsible for the company’s overall advertising, marketing, and public relations programs during that time. A lifelong member of the imaging industry who was respected and loved by all who had the good fortune to know him, Hilary Araujo began his career at Conrad Photo in the early 1970s, eventually moving on to the marketing division of Berkey Marketing Co. and then taking a position as a marketing executive at GMI. Prior to accepting his pivotal position at Tiffen, Mr. Araujo had been a top marketing executive at Tocad for several years. Hilary Araujo will always be remembered for his keen intelligence, great sense of humor, disarming honesty and easy smile, but most of all for his big heart and unstinting willingness to help other people. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Sandy, and daughter Susan. Funeral services were held at 11AM, Sunday, April 17th 2011 at Gutterman’s Memorial Chapel, 8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
“Besides being a dear friend and a great colleague, Hilary was devoted to our company and will be sorely missed,” said Steven Tiffen, president of The Tiffen Company. “He made so many contributions to our company, our industry and was a dear friend to all, this is a great loss.”
Chris Hondros, staff photographer for Getty Images, died in Misurata, Libya, on Wednesday after an attack that killed Tim Hetherington and injured Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown. After studying English Literature at North Carolina State in 1993 and conducting his graduate work in photojournalism at Ohio University, Hondros moved to New York to concentrate on international reporting. Since then he has covered assignments in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq, and Liberia. He was awarded a USAID Photojournalism Grant in 1999 and was a fellow at the Pew Fellowship for International Reporting at Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Hondros’s images have received dozens of awards, including honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the National Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L’Image in France, and both the John Faber award and Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2004 Hondros was a Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for his work in Liberia. In 2008 Chris was one of the WHNPA's still photography judges for the annual “The Eyes of History” contest.
Chris Hondros had been one of the most familiar names in the business in recent years, covering conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Africa. “Chris never shied away from the front line, having covered the world’s major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception,” Getty Images said in a statement. “We are working to support his family and his fiancée as they receive this difficult news, and are preparing to bring Chris back to his family and friends in the United States. He will be sorely missed.”
The New York Times published some of Chris' last photographs in their Lens Blog: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/chris-hondros-at-work-in-libya
NYTimes Parting Glance: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/parting-glance-chris-hondros
Cal Marlin died on November 9th in the morning at the Cottage hospital in Santa Barbara after being ill for about 18 months. Up to the end he was in wonderful spirits and really enjoyed his 24 hour caregivers who he called his 'ladies'.
The services will be at 10:00am on November 19th at the Santa Barbara cemetery with a reception following at the Café del Sol which is very close to the cemetery. Cal ate lunch at the Café del Sol everyday for years.
Donations in Cal's name may be made to the Community Kitchen PO Box 24116, Santa Barbara,93121.The Community kitchen is an organization that feeds the poor and the homeless in Santa Barbara, CA
Cal’s friends remember him:
Dan Radovsky: Cal would have been 81 this coming New Years day. Cal was an old school news cameraman, a film guy, a no-nonsense, pugnacious,irascible, sometime belligerent, sometime charmer who could always bully or sweet talk his way into position to get the shot.
I had the honor -- some would have said the misfortune -- to have been Cal's soundman for a few years. Yes, sometimes working with Cal was not so easy. But there really was no better place from which to watch a master cameraman work than to be at his side.
Cal did not suffer fools so I don't know how he suffered me when, on our first day working together, I locked the crew car keys in the trunk.We travelled the world together during the mid '80s, and in spite of his legendary curmudgeonliness, he did have a heart, even if he tried his hardest not to let it show. One October, we got back to the press plane after a day of following Reagan around. There waiting for me in my seat was a birthday cake, a birthday cake with candles, a birthday cake from Cal
Marlin who so many were afraid to even approach, a birthday cake from the last person in the world I would have ever thought would have done such a thing.
Mary Walsh: I visited with Cal in Santa Barbara occasionally over the years..(My brother’s in laws are/were his next door neighbors). He thoroughly enjoyed his life there. His condo was right on the beach and he would sit on a bench overlooking the Pacific plowing through paperbacks. He had lunch at the same restaurant every day – the owners became quite devoted to him, so that during a bad patch when he was ill and at home, they sent meals to him.. On one trip Cal walked me through the collection of photos and memorabilia on his walls. I wish I had taken notes – it was a stunning collection of up-close moments with the many presidents he covered, all the way back to LBJ as I recall (but I could be mistaken). It struck me that, intelligent as he was, Cal knew precisely where he was – and the importance of what he was covering – through all those years. He was a first rate photographer in historic times. He had a keen assessment of what he was seeing and what the nation was experiencing.
It was this fine judgment that shaped his life after CBS News. Traveling to Santa Barbara with President Reagan, he knew this is where he wanted to live too. As he told the story, Bill Plante was doing an interview with a local developer. When the interview was done (and correspondent gone) Cal asked the guy about buying a condo – he got in on the ground floor. He shaped his life for his personal comfort and made smart decisions to support that through to the end. He was a good neighbor to my extended family. Standoffish, yes, but when you friended him there was no bigger heart, or better story teller.
Photo/Brian Hopkins 2008
Longtime friend and colleague, Walter Crawford passed away Sunday evening.
ABC 7 News is mourning the loss of friend and colleague Walt Crawford, who died Sunday. Walt worked for ABC 7 for 28 years as a photojournalist who was known for his beautifully-lit live shots and attention to detail. His death was announced Tuesday by Station Manager Bill Lord “We are all very sad to report our colleague and photographer Walt Crawford passed away over the weekend. He had been on medical leave for the past several months but his death is shocking nonetheless.
Walt worked at WJLA-TV for 28 years and leaves behind countless friends with whom he worked over that time “Just this week he was given a White House Press (sic) Photographers award, one of many honors he received during his professional career”.
The viewing is at Adams and Green Funeral Home, Saturday Feb 20th, 1 to 3pm and 5 to 7 pm.
The service starts at 7 pm
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JACK E. KIGHTLINGER
Jack Kightlinger, a longtime presidential photographer who worked under five administrationsófor Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reaganódied Monday at age 77.
Kightlinger was killed in a car crash in Henderson, North Carolina, according to local media reports. His wife, Adele, was also involved in the crash and died Tuesday at a hospital.
Kightlinger was a photographer for the Army Signal Corps in 1967 when he was invited to compete for a position on the White House photo staff, according to a story in the Henderson Times-News. He got the job and continued working at the White House until 1985, when he retired. He and his wife lived in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Kightlinger's most recognized photograph is probably a 1981 portrait of Ronald Reagan that was used as the basis for a U.S. postage stamp in 2005, painted by artist Michael J. Deas.
See blueridgenow.com for photograph and additional information
National Archives - photo by Jack E. Kightlinger
"President Lyndon B. Johnson listens to tape sent by Captain Charles Robb from Vietnam, 07/31/1968", Jack E. Kightlinger, Photographer (ARC Identifier: 192617); Collection LBJ-WHPO: White House Photo Office Collection, 11/22/1963 - 01/20/1969; Lyndon Baines Johnson Library; National Archives and Records Administration.
ARNOLD "PAPPY" NOEL
Washington Post obituary
Arnold "Pappy" Noel shoots in Canada in the 1950s. He filmed wars in Central America, marches on Washington and Selma, Ala., riots in Washington and Detroit, early NASA space shots and the 1968 Democratic convention. (Us Air Force)
UPI Photographer Became Assistant to President Ford
By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Arnold “Pappy” Noel, 86, a newsreel and still photographer for United Press International who later became special assistant to President Gerald R. Ford and a Shenandoah Valley restaurateur, died July 4 of cancer at his home in Front Royal, Va.
Mr. Noel filmed historic events from his Washington base in the 1960s and 1970s, including wars in Central America, marches on Washington and Selma, Ala., riots in Washington and Detroit, early NASA space shots and the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.
He left UPI in 1975 to join the Ford administration for 18 months, then retired to the Shenandoah Valley, where he started a restaurant, My Father’s Mustache, in 1976, which he ran for 14 years.
A colorful creature of the news trade, Mr. Noel’s broom-shaped mustache, which sometimes became a handlebar mustache or a full beard, helped distinguish him from the older Frank E. “Pappy” Noel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the rival Associated Press. The AP’s Mr. Noel died in 1966.
Arnold Clement Noel was born in Southbridge, Mass., and after high school joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He served as a B-29 tail gunner in the Pacific theater during World War II. It was there that he picked up the nickname “Pappy” because he was the youngest member of the flight crew but had the most children.
After the war ended, he stayed in the military and transferred to the new Air Force. He was assigned to the secretary of defense’s public affairs office, where he learned the skills of a news film cameraman and aerial photographer. He filmed atomic testing in the South Pacific, the Strategic Air Command base at Goose Bay, Labrador, and U.S. military involvement in Vietnam in 1962. He retired from the Air Force later that year and was hired by UPI.
Among the highlights of his news career was going along on a 1969 trip by the converted oil tanker-to-icebreaker SS Manhattan, the first commercial ship to sail the Northwest Passage, in a bid to seek a better route for Alaskan oil producers.
He was president of the White House News Photographers Association from 1972 to 1974, overseeing the awards banquet as many political celebrities steered clear and women protested their exclusion from the long-standing men-only event.
“Women’s Lib has hurt us,” a grim Mr. Noel told Washington Post reporter William Gildea at the time, although he had tried to lift the ban on women. “We tried to get it through. It didn’t get far.”
After he left the newswire and the White House press office, he moved from Alexandria and opened his Front Royal restaurant, housed in an old Victorian home. He ran it while serving two terms on the Front Royal Airport Commission. He sold the restaurant in 1990.
He enjoyed vacationing along the East Coast, salmon fishing in New York state and hiking on North Carolina mountain trails.
His wife of 61 years, Marjorie A. Cameron Noel, died in 2005.
Survivors include a companion, Patricia Cudworth of Hillsboro, N.C.; four children from his marriage, Claudia Frazier of Estes Park, Colo., Shawn Noel of Lewes, Del., Michael and Trace Noel, both of Front Royal; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
WOODROW ROBERT WILSON (1912—2009)
Woodrow R. Wilson, a life member of the WHNPA, passed away on March 29th. At the time of his death he was living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He leaves behind his wife of 77 years, Hazel Wilson.
Wilson began his career at Pacific and Atlantic News Service around 1930. From 1932 to 1936 he worked for the Washington Daily News and covered the first exterior cleaning of the Washington Monument.
Wilson worked for the WPA from 1936 to 1941. At War Department between 1941 and 1946 he made the portrait photographs of many military leaders including generals George C. Marshall,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Omar Bradley. Wilson went on to work for the War Assets Administration.
In 1947 Wilson won first place in the WHNPA contest scenics class . He received a plaque and certificate from President Harry Truman at the White House. In the fifties Wilson worked for the WASHINGTON POST and Chase Photographs News Agency. He ended his illustrious career working for the General Services Administration and retired in 1970.
Watch for a story about Woodrow Wilson in the next issue of the THE REPORT.
Todd Spencer Sachs
Todd Spencer Sachs, 47, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, formerly of Oxon Hill, Maryland, passed away early Saturday morning March 21, 2009. WHNPA members will recall that Todd worked for Penn Camera and Ace Photo during his career in Washington.
Todd was born in Washington, D.C., and is predeceased by his parents Arnold and Lorraine Sachs and niece Lilia Armstrong. He was married to Colleen Coffield Sachs, a native of Fort Walton Beach. He was an avid carpenter and photographer and served as the president and a founding member of Emerald Coast Jewish Community, as well as a member of the board of directors of
Caring and Sharing of South Walton County. He also was a Charter Member of Dun Loring Rotary Club and a former member of the South Walton Rotary Club.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes to have donations made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Covenant House, the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth.
Elizabeth "Betty" Jarden McDougall, the wife of University of Missouri emeritus journalism professor Angus McDougall, has died She was 93. In 2008 the McDougalls made a substantial gift to the Missouri School of Journalism to preserve for research and educational use the work of photojournalists, establishing The Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies. More information and photo at NPPA.org
HEIMSATH, Peter Raigorodsky, 54, of Midlothian, entered into rest on Friday, January 9, 2009, at a local hospital. He was a self-employed photographer and special education teacher in Dinwiddie Schools. Peter was preceded in death by his father, Charles Herman Heimsath IV. Surviving are his loving wife, Lisa N. Plucinik-Heimsath; stepchildren, Jason B. Plucinik, Heather M. Dubon, Jennifer P. Reynolds, Linda J. Parsons, Nancy L. Plucinik and Steven G. Plucinik, and three other stepchildren from a previous marriage. Also surviving are his mother, Natalia R. Parris; and brother, Charles H. Heimsath V.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 12, at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Pkwy. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4601 N. Bailey Bridge Rd. Private interment will be Wednesday in Galax, Va. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
Photographer Cecil Stoughton died at home in Florida on Monday,
November 3, 2008. Major Stoughton served as White House photographer
to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson before that position had a formal
name. His photograph of the swearing-in as president of Lyndon
Johnson aboard Air Force One after the assassination of John Kennedy
is one of the most important of the 20th Century.
Cecil Stoughton was born in Iowa on January 18, 1920; in retirement,
he lived on Merritt Island, Florida.
It was as a captain in the U.S. Army's Signal Corps that he came to
the attention of the new president in 1961. From a desk in the West
Wing, he could be summoned by Mr. Kennedy's secretary Evelyn Lincoln
to record visiting heads of state or, frequently, the antics of the
Life magazine's Barbara Baker Burrows recalls: "Cecil was especially
fond of a group of photographs, 12 in all, he took in the Oval Office
in October 1962. Jackie was out of town, and Caroline and John John
danced around the president's desk as he sang and clapped in delight.
As much as any, when those pictures were published around the world,
they helped create the aura that later came to be called Camelot.
But, for all the photographs Cecil took, the swearing-in clearly
remains his most important -- as a photograph, and as an historic
document. At a traumatic time, in a single photograph, Cecil provided
the essential evidence of the continuity of government. In the
confusion that followed the assassination, his photograph told the
world that there was a new president, and the country that it was safe."
Cecil Stoughton is survived by his wife Faith and their children,
William and James, of Merritt Island, and Sharon of Melbourne,
Florida, he also leaves a son from an earlier marriage, Stephen
Stoughton of Cary, N.C..
Sharon wrote tonight:
Dad will be buried in Arlington Cemetery December 2nd at 10 am.
We have asked that donations be given in Dad's name to Boy's Town in
Nebraska. Dad spent some of his childhood there. We thought he would
President Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office
aboard Air Force One, Love Field, Dallas, Texas, following
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
LBJ Library, Photo/Cecil Stoughton, 11/22/1963
2004 interview with Cecil Stoughton on nationalgeographic.com
JFK’s in-house photographer on the White House years
photo of Cecil Stoughton
We are sad to announce the passing of Michelle Saunders, wife of WHNPA member Ray Saunders of The Washington Post.
Michelle Robbins Saunders, 48, director of publications and editor of American Forests magazine, died Aug. 25 of pancreatic cancer at her North Beach home. Mrs. Saunders, a journalist throughout her career, worked at a newspaper in Upstate New York and at the Winchester (Va.) Star in the early 1980s. She switched to magazines and edited a computer magazine in Arlington County; the Reston-based magazine of the National Association of Biology Teachers; and, finally, American Forests.
She was born on the Eastern Shore, in Cambridge, in a family of watermen. She grew up in Vienna, Md., and Dagsboro, Del. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in English.Mrs. Saunders enjoyed travel and planned many trips, including two-week family sojourns to the American West and northeast through New York, the Catskills Mountains, Boston and Nantucket, Mass.She also enjoyed working in her flower-and-vegetable garden, especially growing roses. She lived on the Chesapeake Bay and loved spending time on the water.She was past president of the local PTSA and a volunteer at Friendship United Methodist Church in Friendship.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Ray Saunders of North Beach, assistant picture editor at The Washington Post; three children, Jacob Saunders and twins Michael and Maggie Saunders, all of North Beach; her mother, Leila Robbins of Salisbury; and a brother, Eric Robbins of Newark, Del.
Obituary on washingtonpost.com
photo/Stephen Crowley, NY Times
Tony Snow was respected by all WHNPA members who worked with him for decades as a dedicated newsman and an oustanding press secretary. Above all he was a friend and we will miss him. Tony’s wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi are in our thoughts and prayers.
obituary New York Times
Tony Snow, the former television and radio talk show host who became President Bush's chief spokesman and redefined the role of White House press secretary with his lively banter with reporters, died yesterday at Georgetown University Hospital after losing a high-profile battle with cancer. He was 53.
Snow had colon cancer diagnosed and treated in 2005, a year before joining the White House staff. He found out it had returned after an operation in March 2007 to remove what doctors thought was a benign growth in his lower abdomen. The cancer had spread to his liver, forcing him off the podium for treatment. Snow vowed to fight the disease and return to the briefing room but announced six months later that he was leaving his $168,000-a-year job because he needed to recoup the income he lost when he left his job as a radio and television host. He later joined CNN as a commentator.
In a statement issued by the White House, President Bush said, "Tony was one of our Nation's finest writers and commentators. . . . It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work." READ MORE
Remembering Coleman Reed Tuckson
It is with sadness that we report the passing of yet, another longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Coleman Reed Tuckson, DDS. Coleman was a longtime member of the WHNPA and worked with Arnie Sachs and his son, Ron for many years at Consolidated News, contributing to their success with emphasis on sporting events. Dr. Tuckson was most recently Professor Emeritus at Howard University School of Dentistry.
Remembering Bernie Boston
Bernie Boston 12-19-06 Photo © Rich Cooley. Former white house photojournalist Bernie Boston in his Bryce Mountain home in Basye. Behind him is his famous "Flower Power" photo (enlarged below) that was runner up for the Pulitzer.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of you of the passing of yet another a longtime colleague and friend - Bernie Boston. Boston, a nationally acclaimed photojournalist with an unerring eye for the telling image, died Tuesday Jan. 22, 2008, at his home in Basye, Va., after a hard fought battle against Amyloidoisis, a blood infection. He was 74. His 1967 photo “Flower Power”, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, was perhaps the most iconic photo of the turbulent 60s.
Arrangements are pending. Please monitor this page for additional information.
As a photographer for the Dayton Daily News, the Washington Star, and The Los Angeles Times, Boston covered every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton, beginning his career as a teenager.
“Flower Power” shows a young man placing flowers in the gun barrels of soldiers at an anti-war demonstration on Oct. 22, 1967. Among other honors, “Flower Power” was named number 30 on a list of the 100 greatest war photos of all time.
Flower Power, 1967, The Washington Evening Star Photo by Bernie Boston
Born in 1933 in Washington, to the late Dick and Norrine Boston, Bernie grew up in McLean, Va., on land the family owned for several generations. In high school he was a photographer for his school newspaper and yearbook.
After graduating from RIT in 1955, he studied at the School of Aviation Medicine in the Air Force and then served time in the Army, spending two years in Germany as a radiologist in the neurosurgical unit. He was discharged in 1958 and moved back to Washington to work as an assistant manager at Custom Craft Color Service.
In 1963, he left Washington to take a job at the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, only to return three years later to work at the Washington Star. After two years with the Star he became the Director of Photography, a position he held until the paper folded in 1981. He was hired by the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times to establish a photo operation in the nation’s capitol. Bernie recalled that most of the time he had to figure out what the top news of the day was going to be and remembered it as a fascinating and challenging time where he felt like his own editor.
His colleagues, including White House News Photographers president Dennis Brack, remembers how much Bernie enjoyed being a photographer because of the access he got to modern day history. “His trademark cowboy hat and humor were legendary. Washington has lost another true gentleman.”
In 1991 he was presented with the White House News Photographers Association Lifetime Achievement Award for service to his profession and the industry. He received the National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 1993 - NPPA’s highest honor in the field of photojournalism - given to an individual who advances, elevates or attains unusual recognition for his profession. In 1996 Boston was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Sigma Delta Chi, The Society of Professional Journalists.
In his career as a photojournalist, Boston won dozens of awards from the White House News Photographers Association, the National Press Photographers Association, Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild and Ohio Press Photographers Association.
His work has been published in many books including "The Best of Life", "Life: The First Fifty Years", "150 Years of Photojournalism", "Life's Classic Moments", and a variety of textbooks on government and photography. Boston taught a photojournalism class at Northern Virginia Community College, and photojournalism class at Rochester Institute of Technology during the 1990 spring quarter. He also taught a summer course in color photojournalism at RIT for seven years; served on the faculty of many seminars; was a member of the National Press Photographers Flying Short Course; and frequently judged national, state and local photography contests including the Leica Medal of Excellence. Boston was the subject of four television news feature stories and was featured in Nikon’s Masters of Photojournalism video.
Bernie Boston, 1999 © 1999 Stephen R Brown
Boston served four terms as the White House News Photographers Association president. He was vice president eight times, dinner chairman three times, and on the executive board from 1973 to 1995 and was a Life Member. He served as chairman of the National Press Photographers Freedom of Information Committee, and served as President of NPPA's Washington Chapter (now inactive).
In the fall of 2006 his alma mater, the Rochester Institute of Technology published “Bernie Boston, American Photojournalist,” collection of his photos documenting nearly 40 years of contemporary history. In conjunction with the book a reception and exhibition celebrating Bernie’s work was held at RIT.
Publisher of the Bryce Mountain Courier, Boston moved to Basye with his wife Peggy in 1994. He took great joy in chronicling the people and scenes of the Shenandoah Valley with his artist’s eye and most recently a digital camera. Active in the local community, Bernie was a past president of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, and the Basye-Orkney Springs Lions Club.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Peggy Boston, of Basye, an aunt, many cousins and countless friends.
The following comes from Peggy Boston:
To the friends of Bernie Boston, who died at his home in Basye, VA on
January 22 from complications of a rare blood disorder, Amyloidosis,
diagnosed in 2006:
Please forgive the informality of this note, but I wanted to get this
message out as soon as possible for those who are interested in or able to
attend a gathering of friends to remember Bernie. I have had the chance to
talk to many of you personally, and look forward to reaching many more in
the days ahead. In the meantime, here are the plans (casual, please). We
have two dates at two locations in order to make it convenient for our
far-flung friends to drop by one or the other. They are:
--Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 4 pm at the studio of Dennis Brack, 318
Third Street, NE, Rear; Washington, DC. There will be a brief ceremony at
--Sunday, February 24 from 1 to 4 pm at the Fort Valley Nursery, 1175 S.
Hisey Avenue, Woodstock, VA with a brief ceremony at 2:30 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bernie Boston Photo Archives Fund
written to Rochester Institute of Technology (BBPAF in memo) and mailed to:
Heather Engel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Office of Development,
1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-9932.
Please forward this information to anyone you feel would be interested. I am
sure there may be many people I have missed.
If you have any questions or would just like to be in touch, e-mail to
peggyb [at] shentel.net
With great affection and appreciation of your friendship with Bernie,
http://www.TalkingPhotography.com by Frank Van Riper
Remembering Charles Tasnadi
Charles Tasnadi, photo by Kevin Wolf
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend and long-time colleague Charlie Tasnadi, who passed away the evening of January 10, 2008, while in hospice care in Washington.
As details are still be finalized, please monitor this page for additional information and funeral arrangements.
In 1951, Charlie Tasnadi and his sweetheart Maria fled Communist Hungary through treacherous minefields, barbed wire, and heavy snow. "That memory," Charlie said, "really helped me put a better perspective on deadline pressures."
Chivalry, professionalism, and selfless dedication were Tasnadi¹s hallmarks.. He carried these values from his first newspaper assignments in Caracas, Venezuela, to his work as a stringer for Time-Life, and through his notable, 32-year career with the Associated Press.
The epitome of a photojournalist and a gentleman, he documented seven White House administrations, (ending with Clinton) and traveled to Cuba more than 40 times, gaining extraordinary access to Fidel Castro and other Cuban officials.
As for recognition he received, Tasnadi had said, "Coming from Hungary I have often wondered what all these honors are about. People honor me just by allowing me to do my work." This couldn't have been truer than it was in 1989 when Tasnadi returned to Hungary for the first time after 38 years with President Bush in Air Force One. Once they landed, he hid his tears behind his camera, determined to get good pictures of the President.
In January of 1996, while working his last press conference before his retirement, he was truly honored again when President Clinton started a round of applause, thanking him for his great pictures and years of exemplary service.
In 1996 The White House News Photographers Association honored Charles Tasnadi with its award for Lifetime Achievement in photojournalism.
Some of Charlie's iconic pictures are featured in the WHNPA member gallery.
The Associated Press has extensive coverage of Charles Tasnadi's career.
washingtonpost.com is carrying the AP obituary and a slideshow. (registration required)
"Tasnadi, storied AP photographer, Dies" by AP writer Randolph E. Schmid is also published on newsvine.com, accompanied by a 14 image slide show.
"Retired AP photojournalist Charles Tasnadi, 82, Dies in Washington" on NPPA.ORG
"A photojournalism legend dies." Charles Apple, visualeditors.com blog includes a tribute and several images by Charlie Tasnadi
TUESDAY 1/15/08 at NOON
St. Ann Church
4400 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 966-6288 ex. 10
The church is on the corner of Wisconsin Ave and Yuma.There will be a private internment following the funeral mass.
Flowers may be sent to the church, St. Ann and/or Contributions made in Charlie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Memorial and Honor Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
This is the link to print out the form:
This is a link for electronic online contributions:
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Charlie Tasnadi/AP, Ron Bennett /UPI, and Helen Thomas on Air Force One
Dave Lewis, Baltimore Sun deputy director of photography, passed away on December 14, 2007. He was undergoing dialysis when he went into cardiac arrest. Lewis came to The Sun in February 1985 as the Evening Sun's picture editor, and he also served as director of photography before taking on his current position in the early 1990s. He worked at the Des Moines Register before coming to Baltimore, and he his survived by his parents, who still live in his hometown of Des Moines, and a brother. More information is available at: http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2007/12/lewis.html
Charles E. Shutt, 86, who as bureau chief for the Hearst Corp. ran one of the first daily television news services in Washington, died of pneumonia Sept. 16, 2007, at Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center in Rockville. He was a resident of Chevy Chase. Mr. Shutt was active in the Washington Press Club and served for many years as the entertainment chair. He produced the annual White House Correspondents and the White House News Photographers dinner. Survivors includes his wife of 67 years, Middy D. Shutt of Chevy Chase; three children, Susan Shutt of Mexico City, Buffy Shutt of Los Angeles and Topper Shutt of Washington, chief meteorologist for WUSA-TV (Channel 9); a brother; and 11 grandchildren. Read Mr. Shutt's obituary on washingtonpost.com
REMEMBERING Steve Deslich, MCT photo editor
Steve Deslich, whose passion for photography took him from Ohio to Washington, D.C., to various spots around the globe, died on March 6, 2007, of brain cancer. He was 35, one day short of his birthday. Deslich, of Silver Spring, Md., was managing editor of the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service, one of the nation¹s foremost photo operations. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son Benjamin; mother; father, two brothers and a sister.
In his MCT job, Deslich was well-known in Washington photography circles for his work at news and major sports events. He oversaw MCT¹s photo operations at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City (2002) and Turin, Italy (2006).In addition, he was a regular at the Triple Crown horse-racing events and the Breeders' Cups. He also worked at various Super Bowls and NCAA Final Fours and political conventions.
"Steve really liked his job," says MCT Photo Service Director Harry Walker. "He was more than dedicated. It was part of him. Steve enjoyed his profession like no one else I have come across. He worked long, hard days in his administrative roll and would take time from his personal schedule to shoot photos to help improve the photo service."
His interest in photography was nurtured early. "He got his first camera about age 6 or 7 years old," said his mother, Sheila Deslich, of Charleston, W.Va. He was inspired to pursue photography by an uncle, and in high school a teacher fostered Steve's interest in art and photography, his mother said.
From there he was off to the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton. With degree in hand, he landed a photography job at his hometown Piqua (Ohio) Daily Call. After three years there, he headed to the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio, where he met his future wife. "We met through friends," Kathy Deslich said. "But Steve got tired of waiting for our friends to set us up, so he did it himself."
That taking-care-of-business attitude led him to propose to her on the day he moved from Warren to Washington to take a job as photographer for Thomson Newspapers, the publisher of the Tribune Chronicle. After two years working for Thomson, Deslich was hired as a photo editor for Knight Ridder/Tribune Photo Service, now McClatchy-Tribune.
Charles Borst, then KRT's director of photography and now head of photography at the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star, said it was his "enthusiasm and passion for editing" that led him to hire Deslich. "He just found fun and excitement in everything he did. He always loved photography, and his love for photojournalism was rare."
That love of family and photography also extended to his other passions: the outdoors (hiking, skiing and boating) and music, especially Bruce Springsteen.
Deslich's easy-going Midwestern style earned him genuine respect with photo editors around the country. Said Clem Murray of the Philadelphia Inquirer: "He was the epitome of a gentleman ... in a very egotistical business." Andrew Johnston, photo editor, Chicago Tribune, added, "Steve was always a real pro to work with."
Ron Garrison, the visuals editor at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, said, "Steve was one of the good guys in our business. He'll be missed not only as a fine picture editor and photographer, but for me I'll miss him as much for his soft-spoken wit and gentle sense of humor. As we gather at Churchill
Downs this May, Steve will certainly be on our minds and in our hearts."
Though he lived inside the Capital Beltway, Deslich's roots were firmly planted in the Midwest. As MCT Entertainment Editor John Price recalls, "His career may have taken Steve out of the Midwest, but it never took the Midwest out of Steve. I always got the impression that, under the right circumstances, he would have been happy to chuck it all and move back to Ohio."
© 2007, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Many of you have asked how can you help Steve Deslich's family.
We at MCT have established a fund to present to Kathy, Steve's wife. We hope this money will be used to help with their 14-month-old son Benjamin's education, but also reserve the right not to solely restrict the funds for educational use.
Kathy will determine the best use of the money. If you know Kathy, you can rest assured that she will do what is best for Benjamin, just as she did for Steve.
To contribute to the MCT fund, make checks payable to Mary Brenner. Be sure to note "Deslich Memorial Fund" in the memo field of your contribution and send to:
Business and Operations Manager
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
700 12th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Please send donations by April 13th, 2007.
Thank you in advance for your support.
REMEMBERING MICKEY ASMAN
George (Mickey to his old friends) Asman passed away on January 14th. Mickey was surrounded by his family and passed away at home on his 84th birthday.
In 1961 Mickey started Asman Custom Photo, which became Washington, DC's most professional Photo Lab. The work of Asman Custom Photo was carried on by his daughter Connie and son Barry. In December last year Asman Custom Photos closed the door for the last time.
George Asman funeral information:Friends may call at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, Maryland on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday January 22, at 10 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, Maryland. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp St. Charles Endowment Fund c/o Fr. Glen Willis, SDS 104 Bishops Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20905 or Fr Gilbert Brennan SDS, Memorial Fund, c/o The Frost School, 4915 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20853.
Please sign the guest book at: www.KalasFuneralHomes.com
Read the related article on the Asman Custon Photo in the metro section of the January 17, 2007, edition of the Washington Post: Page B01
A Lens on an Era
A Just-Closed D.C. Photo Developer Documented The Turbulent March From Camelot to Watergate
By Lisa Frazier Page
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The black-and-white photographs scattered on tables and in boxes throughout the Capitol Hill photo shop tell of a time
long gone....In an era when Washington was the epicenter of explosive politics and social change, George Asman was the go-to guy for the legions of Capitol Hill photographers documenting the era, the man who froze these and other historic moments on film. His shop -- Asman Custom Photo, 924 Pennsylvania Ave. SE -- delivered to the world some of Washington's most famous images from the Kennedy years, the civil rights movement and the Nixon tumult.... "It's the end of a good life," said [ WHNPA President ] Dennis Brack...one of Asman's original customers. "It's sad to lose a friend. All I can do is look back and think of the guy behind the counter. He saved my professional life, and he did it for decades."....
Read the entire article on washingtonpost.com
PRESIDENT GERALD FORD
REMEMBERING GORDON DAVIS
UPPER MARLBORO, MD (December 19, 2006) - WJLA-TV reports that the station's overnight photographer, Gordon Davis, 51, was struck by a car and killed around 2:40 a.m. this morning while walking across Route 301 in suburban Maryland after covering a fire at a shopping center.
Reports say Davis was going back to his vehicle after filming a fire in a framing store in a shopping mall when he was hit by a southbound car. The driver immediately stopped and alerted firefighters, who attended to the injured photographer, police said. Davis was transported to the Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.
Davis worked the overnight shift for more than a decade and preferred it, coworkers said, so that he could spend more time with his wife and 15-year-old daughter.
WJLA-TV's vice president of news, Bill Lord, told the Associated Press that Davis "was a beloved character on the overnight shift" and will be remembered as a man who worked hard and never complained. The Washington Post reports that Davis was "a fixture" on the scene of overnight shootings, fires, and accidents in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Maryland State Police are investigating the accident, and have said that there are no crosswalks or signals in the area where Davis was struck along a dark section of the roadway in Prince George's County. The Post reports that the photographer's live truck was parked on the other side of the highway, across from the fire, and that after filming Davis was walking back across the road to the news vehicle when he was struck.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND AT:
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/1206/381194.html (includes video remembrances by colleagues)
Saturday, December 23, 2007
Stauffer Funeral Home
1621 Opossumtown Pike
10 a.m. Until noon, family will receive friends
Burial at Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont, MD
Scholarship fund has been set up for Gordon's 15 year old daughter, Megan
Please mail any contributions to :
The Megan Davis Scholarship Fund
C/O WJLA TV
1600 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
REMEMBERING NAT TIFFEN
Steven Tiffen, president of The Tiffen Company, today announced the passing of his father, and company founder, Nat Tiffen. The senior Mr. Tiffen passed away peacefully on November 21st.
The Tiffen Company was founded in 1938 by Nat Tiffen, with brothers, Leo and Sol. Bringing with him a passion to provide professional cinematographers and photographers with new and innovative filter optics, Nat Tiffen became an icon in this industry, many of whose members have acknowledged his inventiveness and creativity to their award winning accomplishments.
In 1984, Mr. Tiffen was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the recipient of a Technical Achievement Award for his company’s filter lamination process. In 1999, he was again recognized, receiving a Scientific and Engineering award. Other notable awards include a Prime Time Emmy for Engineering Excellence presented in 1998.
Mr. Tiffen, whose wife, Helen passed away in 2004, is survived by his four children, Ira, Barbara, Sandra and Steven and eleven grandchildren.
Steven Tiffen said of his father; “He was a great man. And now this great man has peacefully gone to his resting place to be with his beloved Helen, my mother and the love of his life. My father contributed so much to so many people and to the industry he loved and served. He always considered it a privilege to work in an industry he loved, doing what he loved to do. We will forever remember his quiet way along with his great strength and we will forever be grateful for a full life well lived. My family and I want to thank all of you for your thoughts of kindness and your prayers.”
The Tiffen Company located in Hauppauge, NY also has operations in Glendale,CA., Rochester, NY and Oxford UK.
Photo courtesy of AMPAS®.
ARNIE SACHS passed away Friday evening, November 3, 2006. He was 78 years old. During his distinguished career in photojournalism Sachs covered eleven presidents, from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, and thirteen inaugurals.
Sachs was awarded the WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award for Still Photography in 2001. He was a member of the WHNPA for 56 years, during which time he served as secretary, chairman of the photo contest book, and member of the Eyes of History gala committee. Among his awards are numerous first prizes in the WHNPA Eyes of History, the American Newspaper Guild Front Page Awards, and the Hearst National Photo Contest. He started as a messenger boy for a Hearst newspaper in New York in 1946, and within five years, he was a Washington-based photographer for Hearst's International News Photos Wire Service. He also worked for the old Washington Star and, starting in the early 1960s, spent more than twenty years with Agence France-Presse. For much of his life, Arnie and his wife Lorraine also co-owned and operated the photographic news agency Consolidated News Photos and the Congressional Photo Shoppe in Southeast Washington, a block from Capitol Hill.
His photograph "Fallen Integration Fighter" (1957), showed a Little Rock, Arkansas, protester lying on the ground and trying to wrest a bayonet from a paratrooper as the soldiers march over him. That picture won the White House News Photographers' Association grand prize and spot news awards. Another memorable and widely reproduced image was taken in July, 1963, while on freelance assignment for the American Legion. "Next thing I know, this kid barrels through the line and grabs the president's hand, so I took the shot," Sachs later told the Baltimore Jewish Times, describing the pivotal moment when a young Bill Clinton shook hands with President John F. Kennedy.
Arnie Sachs was a highly respected photographer who always worked on the cutting-edge of photojournalism technology. In the early 1960s he pioneered direct photo transmission via satellite. Another technical contribution to photojournalism are the use of 35mm cameras in wire service coverage. During the Eisenhower administration he was the first to cover a presidential press conference in 35mm.
Funeral services were held 10:30 AM Monday morning, November 6 at Congregation Nevy Shalom, 12218 Torah Lane, Bowie, Maryland 20175. Internment will be at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery; 11301 Crain Highway; Cheltenham, MD.
His wife of 54 years, Lorraine Chimkin Sachs, died in 2004. Survivors include four children, Ronald M. Sachs of Silver Spring, Howard L. Sachs of Woodbridge, Todd S. Sachs of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Susan Sachs Brown of Dunkirk; two sisters, Bernice Moran and Penny Avneri; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Shivah will be observed through Thursday evening at the Brown residence; 10920 Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., PO Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Additional information: see PDN Online and Washiington Post obituary (registration required)
VINCENT ALEXANDER FINNIGAN passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006.
He is survived by his five children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Finnigan was a former President of the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington D.C., a member of the Professional Photographers of America (achieving the Photographic Craftsman Award), a member of the White House News Photographers Association (where he founded the White House News Photographers Association High School Photography seminar which is an on-going annual event), and a member of the National Press Photographers Association. He was a free-lance photographer for over 50 years in the Washington, D.C. area, covering a wide range of assignments, from portraits and weddings, to political events and international news stories (as a photo correspondent for the Keystone Press based in Europe).
Mr. Finnigan's photographic assignments took him around the globe to Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, and all over North America.
The memorial service for Mr. Finnigan will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2006. at 11 AM in the Chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1301 Center Road, Venice, Florida 34292. A reception to follow the service will be at the home of his daughter. A local service in DC is planned at the Monocle on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2006.
JOE ROSENTHAL, 94
Photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday, August 19. He was 94. His photo, taken for The Associated Press on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Read more
Funeral service dates have been rescheduled and confirmed by his daughter Anne, of San Rafael, CA. On Friday, September 15, 2006, there will be a United States Marine Corps Tribute Ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, in San Francisco, CA.
The following day, on Saturday, September 16, 2006, there will be a Catholic
memorial mass at 1 p.m. at St. Emydius Church., 286 Ashton Ave., in San Francisco,
Rosenthal has been cremated and his ashes will be spread at a later date in the Bay Area.
Thomas James Abercrombie, 75
BALTIMORE, MD (April 4, 2006) Thomas James Abercrombie, 75, a legendary National Geographic magazine photographer and writer, an NPPA life member since 1952 and a WHNPA member since 1960, died Monday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital following heart surgery. Abercrombie was on the magazine¹s staff for 38 years. For the October 1966 issue of the magazine he took the first photographs of Mecca published in the Western world. He joined National Geographic in 1956 five years after graduating from Macalister College in St. Paul, MN, with a degree in art and journalism. Before National Geographic he was a staff photographer for The Milwaukee Journal, where he was Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his portfolio in 1954. Read more about Thomas Abercrombie at: http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2006/04/abercrombie.html and in the Washington Post obituary (registration required).
David Rosenbaum died Sunday, January 8, 2006. He was 63 years old. For more than 35
years he was a reporter and editor for the New York Times, spending all
but three years of that time in the newspaper's Washington Bureau. He
was widely known as a thorough, impartial, and careful reporter. He paid
close attention to details, but most important he was a master at making
complicated issues understandable. His titles included chief
congressional correspondent, chief domestic policy correspondent, chief
economics correspondent, assistant Washington news editor, and
Washington business editor. His assignments tended toward long-running
stories, covering the Senate Watergate hearings and impeachment
proceedings during the Nixon administration, tax reform and the
Iran-contra affair in the Reagan administration, and the big budget and
tax fights between the White House and Congress over the years. He also
covered many political campaigns and numerous legislative and political
issues, including campaign finance, taxes, trade, health, tobacco,
energy, Medicare and Social Security. He won the George Polk Award for
national reporting in 1990. For more than 25 years he was a member of
the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the
Press. He was born in Miami, grew up in Tampa, and received a bachelor's
degree from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in journalism from
Columbia University. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of
Washington; his daughter, Dorothy, her husband, Toby Halliday, and their
two children, Rachel and Amanda, all of Bethesda; his son, Daniel, of
Washington; his brother, Marcus, and his wife, Lyn Ingersoll, of
Washington; his niece, Emily, of Lexington, Ky., and his nephew, Robert,
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 13, at 10:30 a.m. in
Room SDG 50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, First and C Streets
NE. Parking is available at Union Station. Please allow time to pass
Contributions may be sent to the Rosenbaum Family Fund at the Community
Foundation of the National Capital Region. The Rosenbaum Family Fund
supports critically needed services for women and children in the
District of Columbia. Make checks payable to Rosenbaum Family
Fund/CFNCR, 1201 15th St. NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005.
MAURICE JOHNSON passed away at home on December 22. He was 86 years old.
Maurice was the longest serving director of the Press Photographers Gallery. He was
the superintendent from 1969 until his retirement in 1998. Prior to his public
service, he was a prize winning photographer for the International News Photos and
United Press International services. He was a current member and a past president of
the White House News Photographers Association.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2pm, Friday, February 3, at All Saints Episcopal
Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of the
National Capital Area (PFNCA), 7913 Westpark Drive, Suite 101, McLean, VA 22102
He is survived by his wife Rolanda (Lanny) and children Keith and Maureen. If you'd like to send condolences, Lanny's address is 3804 Raymond Street Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Arthur V. Lodovichetti
Former WHNPA President Arthur V. Lodovichetti died in Elizabeth City, N.C. on December 8, 2005. Art moved to NC in 1975 with his wife Helen
who predeceased him in 1991. He was ninety-six years old and still actively
photographing the world around him until a fall and ensuing infection claimed his
life. He is survived by his step-daughter Barbara Whitley, his five
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The
viewing will be December 9 from 5 - 9pm and the service will take place on
Saturday from 2 - 4 pm at Twiford's Funeral Home in Elizabeth City.
12/2/05 ATLANTA (AP) _ Michael Evans, the White House photojournalist most
famous for capturing an iconic image of a laughing Ronald Reagan wearing
a worn cowboy hat, died Thursday at his home in Atlanta. He was 61.
He died after a four year battle with cancer.
After Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, Evans became the new
president's personal photographer, a job independent of the White
House's press office. For the next four years, he made a pictorial
record of Reagan's administration, standing behind the president when he
was shot in 1981."I just lowered my camera as the shots rang out," Evans wrote in
July 2004 for the Digital Journalist. "Instinctively, I fired a frame as
I raised my camera, then took one more before I dropped to the ground
Born to Canadian diplomats stationed in Havana and South Africa,
Evans showed an early interest in politics.
His photojournalism career began in 1959 when he was a teenager
at the Port Hope Evening Guide in Ontario, where he was paid $2 a photo
to cover high school football games. He later worked for the Cleveland
Plain Dealer, The New York Times and Time Magazine.
In 1975, while covering Reagan's unsuccessful campaign for the
Republican presidential nomination, he took the famous picture of the
future president, which ran on the covers of Time, Newsweek and People
magazines after the president's death last year.
In 1982, he set up a nonprofit corporation to photograph 595 of
Washington's most powerful people. He later developed computer programs
to find photos in large collections and briefly worked in The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution's photo department.A memorial service for Evans will be held Tuesday at 3:45 at St.
Anne's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Read more about Michael Evans at the following links:
http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0601/pierce.html ( A tribute by Bill Pierce)
http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0601/evans.html (A tribute by by Scott McKiernan)
http://dirkhalstead.org/issue0407/evansqa.html (An interview with Zuma and a link to his Reagan works featured by Zuma)
http://www.zumapress.com/aboutzuma/newsletter_archives/2005newsletters/2005newsletter48.html (A retrospective article featuring pictures of Michael Evans and his work)
Photo by Tom Zimberoff/ZUMA Press: Jan. 15, 1985 -- MICHAEL ARTHUR WORDEN EVANS, Personal Photographer to President Ronald Reagan
Joseph J. Scherschel
Joseph J. Scherschel,
83, passed away on Thursday, Nov., 11, 2004 , in Columbus,
Millions of people were touched by his
work that graced the pages of National Geographic and
Life magazines. In addition to shooting arial
photos to help map the Pacific Islands during WW11
and covering the Korean War, Joseph photographed former
presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and John
Kennedy. Joseph also captured the emotional scenes
of Texarkana, Texas about school integration. Joseph
is featured in a new book, "The Great Life of
Photographers," which was released earlier this
year.He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth
H. Scherschel and daughters Jennifer A. Scherschel
of Flinthill, VA, and Elizabeth A. Shaw of Austin,
Bruce Hoertel who
made a career of still photography and news reel
work for CBS died Dec. 8, 2004, at the home he loved
in Woodstock, Va.
Photographer who captured
Viet Cong execution dead at 71
By RICHARD PYLE,
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Eddie
Adams, a photojournalist whose half-century of work
included countless magazine covers and striking pictorial
essays but was defined by a single frame _ an Associated
Press photo of a communist guerrilla being executed
in a Saigon street during the Vietnam War _ died early
Sunday. He was 71. Adams died in his sleep at his Manhattan
home from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
or Lou Gehrig's disease, said his assistant, Jessica
Stuart. Diagnosed last May with what doctors called
a rapid strain of the incurable neurological disorder,
he quickly lost his speech and had become increasingly
invalided. Despite that, he remained alert, working
into his final days at his photo studio and residence,
a converted former bathhouse in Manhattan's East Village.
Projects included a video profile which Adams called
"my last assignment," and was featured on
entertainer Jerry Lewis' annual 24-hour Labor Day Telethon
to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
_ an event that Adams himself regularly photographed
for Parade magazine. In a statement, Lewis acknowledged
the irony of Adams being afflicted with one of the diseases
for which the charity drive raises funds. "I'm
touched by the courage and strength he's shown in facing
ALS," he said.
Born Edward Adams on June 12, 1933, in
New Kensington, Pa., he served as a Marine Corps combat
photographer in the Korean War and became one of the
nation's top photojournalists with newspapers, the AP
from 1962-72 and again 1976-80; and with Time-Life,
Parade and other publications. Along with 13 wars, he
covered international politics, fashion and show business.
His portraits included U.S. presidents from Richard
Nixon to George W. Bush and such world figures as Pope
John Paul II, Deng Xiao Ping, Anwar Sadat, Fidel Castro,
Mikhail Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi and the Shah of Iran.
In addition to a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for the Saigon
execution picture, Adams's more than 500 honors included
a 1978 Robert Capa Award and three George Polk Memorial
Awards for war coverage. As a crafter of images, he
also cultivated his own _ a prickly personality and
a studied flamboyance that included a black wardrobe,
neck scarf and wide-brimmed porkpie hat. Parade chairman
Walter Anderson, a longtime friend, called Adams "eclectic,
incomparable, cantankerous," and skilled at "capturing
tension" in his photos. Adams had no social or
political agenda, but was at heart "a hard-news
photographer, always sharply focused on the picture
that tells the story," said former AP executive
photo director Hal Buell. "He was also a perfectionist
who would go to the mat over anything he saw in the
editing that he felt detracted from the story _ but
he was most critical of himself, for opportunities missed
or not up to the high standards he set."Once, after
making a portrait of comedian Jimmy Durante, Adams discovered
the tip of Durante's trademark "schnozzola"
was out of focus, and lugged his gear back to do the
job over. "`Durante saw him coming," recalled
Buell, "and said, `You screwed up, huh, kid?' "
Adams in 1988 founded the Eddie Adams
Workshop "Barnstorm," an annual gathering
at his farm near Jeffersonville in upstate New York,
where established professionals and promising newcomers
take part in photo shoots, lectures and instructional
clinics. More than 100 teachers and 100 students attend
the event each October. Stuart, who has been director
of the Workshop for several years, said its programs
would continue as a testimonial to Adams' interest in
his profession. In 1965, AP sent Adams to Vietnam, where
by his own count he covered more than 150 field operations
over three years. But fame _ instant, enduring and discomforting
_ resulted from a single photo taken Feb. 1, 1968, the
second day of the communists' Tet Offensive, in the
embattled streets of Cholon, Saigon's Chinese quarter.
Drawn by gunfire, Adams and an NBC film crew watched
South Vietnamese soldiers bring a handcuffed Viet Cong
captive to a street corner, where they assumed he would
be interrogated. Instead, South Vietnam's police chief,
Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, strode up, wordlessly drew
a pistol and shot the man in the head. Adams caught
the instant of death in a photo that made front pages
around the world. It would became one of the Vietnam's
War's most indelible images, winning the Pulitzer, shocking
the American public and used by critics to belie official
claims that the war was being won.
In later years, despite an impressive
body of camera essays, portraits and countless magazine
covers, Adams found himself so defined _ and haunted
_ by the picture that he would not display it at his
studio. He also felt it unfairly maligned Loan, who
lived in Virginia after the war and died in 1998. "The
guy was a hero," Adams said, recalling Loan's explanation
that the man he executed was a Viet Cong captain, responsible
for murdering the family of Loan's closest aide a few
hours earlier. "Sometimes a picture can be misleading
because it does not tell the whole story," Adams
said in an interview for a 1972 AP photo book. "I
don't say what he did was right, but he was fighting
a war and he was up against some pretty bad people."
He was prouder of a photo of "boat people"
fleeing postwar Vietnam that helped spur Congress and
the Carter White House to admit 200,000 Vietnamese refugees
to the United States in the late 1970s.
Adams is survived by Alyssa Adams, his
wife of 15 years, a son, August, 14; three children
by a previous marriage, Susan Ann Sinclair and Edward
Adams II, both of Atlanta, and Amy Marie Adams, of New
Jersey; his mother, Adelaide Adams, who is 100, and
four sisters. Stuart said family members were present
when Adams died. Plans for a memorial were incomplete.
In lieu of flaowers, the family asked that contributions
be made to a scholarship fund for the Eddie Adams Workshop.
The Eddie Adams Workshop Scholarship
Fund address is
c/o Jennifer Borg
North Jersey Media Group Foundation
150 River Street, Hackensack, N.J., 07601
Personal messages may be sent to:
Eddie & Alyssa Adams
538 East 11th Street
New York, N.Y., 10009
Washington Post obituary
and selection of photos
by Eddie Adams
Newseum audio interview with Eddie
Digital Journalist is devoting much of its October
issue to Eddie's work and life.
Morris Schwartz, a pioneer
photographer who was the first to invent a synchronizer
to permit high speed flash pictures indoors and in
poor light conditions in 1930 when photo flash lamps
replaced flash powder. This was not only an important
benefit to all press photographers but also opened
a tremendous market for amateur picture takers world
wide to take family photos indoors. One synchronizer
model he invented he called the Sistogun, because NY
Times photographer Ernie Sisto suggested the need for
such a product. In 1936 he invented the Kalart Lens
Coupled Range Finer and Focuspot for cameras under
all light conditions. He formed the Kalart Company
to manufacture these and other photo and audiovisual
products including Kalart and Craig movie film editors
and projectors as well as Victor 16mm sound projectors
and the Kalart Camera. In 1952 the National Press Photographers
Assn. Awarded Mr. Schwartz their Joseph A. Sprague
Memorial Award for his substantial contributions to
the tools of our craft." Mr. Schwartz died on
October 22 in his home in Laguna Woods, California
and is survived by a son, Charles Schwartz, three grandchildren,
two great grandchildren, and his brother Hy Schwartz.
Mr. Schwartz was born in Russia in 1901 and came to
America in 1906 with his parents. He started his photographic
career in the photo department of the New York Times
in 1922 as a dark room technician. He later became
the staff photographer of The Jewish Daily Forward
6/11/04 - Salvatore
C. DiMarco Jr, beloved son of the
late Salvatore and Marie DiMarco (nee Malinowski), dear
brother of Joseph DiMarco. died
suddenly on June 11, 2004. DiMarco, born in 1947 in
Drexel Hill, PA, was an internationally known photojournalist.
He was a graduate of the Temple University School of
Journalism. Sal was taught photography by his father,
a portrait photographer in Philadelphia, PA. DiMarco
joined the staff of the "Philadelphia Evening &
Sunday Bulletin" in 1967 as a summer intern. While
completing his education, he was made a full-time staff
photographer, later he was promoted to assistant picture
editor/photographer. Finally, he was promoted to Chief
Photographer, where he ran a department of thirty photographers,
editors and technicians. He held the position until
the paper ceased publication in 1982. After the newspaper
folded, he became a full-time freelancer, dividing his
time between editorial, corporate, and industrial magazine
assignments. His photographs have appeared in most of
the world's leading magazines and his corporate clientele
include such companies as Allied Signal, Bechtel, US
Sprint, Lucent Technologies, Eastman Kodak Company and
Leica Camera Inc.
won over 150 international, national, state and regional
awards for his photographs and has spoken on photography
both in the United States and abroad. In 1989, DiMarco
was one of a select group of photographers commissioned
by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to produce a
picture book of President George Bush's Inaugural festivities.
In 1995, he was asked by the Diocese of Baltimore to
be part of a team of photographers commissioned to produce
a coffee table book on Pope John Paul II's visit to
Baltimore, MD. In June, 2001
DiMarco had a show in the Oskar Barnack Room of the
Leica Gallery in New York City.
was a contributing photographer to TIME magazine and
a contract photographer with the international photo
agency Black Star, based in New York City. He was a
member of the White House News Photographers Association;
Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi),
Board member local chapter; National Press Photographers
Association; Pennsylvania Press Photographers' Association;Press
Photographers' Association of Philadelphia (Vice
President) See http://member.fcc.net/sal.dimarcojr
for additional background information.
SERVICES: Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral
on Thursday 9:00 a.m. at the Donohue Funeral Home, 8401
West Chester Pike (corner Lynn Blvd) Upper Darby, PA,
and to Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. St. Bernadette Church.
Internment private. Friends may call Wednesday Evening
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
For those who would like
to send expressions of sympathy to Sal DiMarco's family,
you can write his brother:
157-30 82nd Street
Howard Beach, NY 11414
WASHINGTON (AP) -
LARRY KREBS, the journalist
who captured on film a drunken incident involving a
powerful congressman and a stripper, died Wednesday
after a long illness. He was 81. Krebs worked as a cameraman
for WMAL-TV, now WJLA-TV. His specialty was covering
police and firefighters, and he got his biggest scoop
in 1974 when authorities stopped a car driven by then-Arkansas
Rep. Wilbur Mills. Inside was stripper Fanne Foxe, who
leapt from the car. Mills' office initially denied the
incident, but Krebs had the pair on film. Mills, chair
of the House's tax-writing Ways and Means Committee,
later blamed a drinking problem for the incident. Krebs
also worked as a radio reporter. He retired in 2001,
and a year later received the Washington Achievement
In Radio lifetime honor award. Larry was also a WHNPA
Life Time member. Frank Johnston remembers Krebs fondly:
"Larry Krebs was one of the all time great news
photographers and pros in our business, and a helping
hand to me and other's over the years. My sympathy's
to Larry's family. A great loss to us all...he will
the Washington Post obituary
Krebs' photo (Fred Sweets -- The Washington Post
(AP) -- ROBERTO BOREA, a Pulitzer
Prize-winning photographer who produced thousands of
compelling pictures from wars to the Olympics during
a 30-year career with The Associated Press, died January
6. He was 51. Borea died at his home outside Baltimore
from stomach cancer.
had been working as AP's Baltimore photographer, but
over the years had received assignments that sent him
around the world. "He always made you better when
you were around him,'' said Gene Sweeney Jr., a photographer
for The (Baltimore) Sun. ``You knew that if you weren't
on your game, he was going to beat you.'' A photo taken
by Borea was among 20 by AP staff that won the 1999
Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. His picture
showed the Clinton family -- Bill Clinton, his wife
and daughter and their dog -- walking across the White
House lawn to a helicopter en route to Martha's Vineyard
after the president's televised confession of an affair
with Monica Lewinsky.Borea, never one to boast about
his work, deflected credit upon receiving the award.
"It's a great group of people,'' he said of his
colleagues. "I'm just happy to be a part of it.''
his career he covered events including presidential
elections, the U.S. invasion of Panama, the Gulf War
and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. "I've
known Roberto both as a colleague and a competitor.
I found him to be tough, smart and very capable, yet
remarkably gracious and humble,'' said David Ake, AP's
deputy director of photography.
was born in Rome and grew up in New York. His father,
Raimondo, was a freelance photographer. Roberto Borea
earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and history
from New York University. He worked as a copy boy and
proofreader for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., and
as a staff photographer for The Journal News in Rockland,
N.Y. He started working for the AP in 1973 on the New
York photo desk and took over the AP's photo operations
in Philadelphia as editor in April 1982. He then became
photo editor in Milwaukee in 1992 and came to Baltimore
in 1995. Borea is survived by his wife, Jeri Clausing;
his mother, Phyllis, of New York City; and his sister,
Carla Borea Brown, also of New York City.
of Roberto Borea/courtesy AP
REMEMBERING JACK FLETCHER
E. (Jack) Fletcher, a nationally renowned photographer
and a past President of the WHNPA, died at the age of
86 on December 31, 2003. Fletcher was a native of Cary,
Illinois. He became interested in photography at the
age of 12 and at 14 had his own darkroom. During World
War II, Fletcher did photography and fingerprint identification
at the Buick Division of General Motors in Melrose Park,
Illinois. As the war ended, he accepted a job as criminologist
and identification officer for the state of Pennsylvania.
In 1944, Fletcher was hired to work in the Photographic
Laboratory of the National Geographic Society, Washington,
D.C. After his first successful photographic assignment,
he became a staff field photographer for the magazine
and traveled throughout the world on assignments, including
the Arctic and "Operation Deepfreeze" in the
Antarctica with Admiral Byrd in 1955. During his 36
years with the National Geographic Society, Fletcher
became a specialist in lighting and electronic flash
equipment. In August of 1969 Fletcher was named the
Society's Chief of Photo Equipment and served in that
capacity for eleven years. Fletcher's many award-winning
photographs led to his being recognized as the world's
leading expert in the field of technical lighting for
more than a dozen years and to serve as a consultant
to most of the major camera manufacturers throughout
the world. In 1991 he was awarded one of the most prestigious
and coveted awards in the field of photography; for
his dedication, distinguished service and exemplification
of the highest standards of his profession, Fletcher
was awarded one of the few Honorary Masters of Photography
degrees to be awarded by the Professional Photographers
Association of America. Upon retiring to the Maryland's
Eastern Shore in 1980, Fletcher continued to teach courses
in photography for National Geographic Society at their
headquarters in Washington, D.C. He also conducted specialized
courses in forensic photography for the Eastern Shore
Criminal Justice Academy, University of Maryland, University
of Michigan, and the International School of Photography
in Winona, Indiana. During his retirement, besides spending
blissful hours hunting and crabbing on the Choptank
River with his beloved black lab, Shogun, and treating
friends to home-made beer, Fletcher continued to serve
his community. He served on the Hurlock Town Council
for four years and was President of the Deaf Independent
Living Association on the Eastern Shore in Maryland.
Fletcher is survived by his daughters Barbara and Joan,
and by his grandsons, Ryan, Brandon, and Stephen.
Awards and Recognition
Honorary Masters of Photography
degree - awarded by the Photographers Association of
Photographic Craftsman degree - awarded by the Photographers
of America (PPA)
Diploma - American School of Photography
Diploma - Institute of Applied Science for Studies in
Scientific Crime Detection
Past President - White House News Photographers Association
Past President - Professional Photographers Society
of Greater Washington
Instructor - National Geographic Society, Eastern Shore
Academy, University of Maryland, University of Michigan,
International School of Photography in Winona, Indiana
Author - numerous magazine articles
Lecturer - Lectures given in US, Norway, England, Canada
Recipient - Eastman Kodak Award for Outstanding Contributions
Recipient - Award for technical achievement from Photographic
Member - Executive Group, Industrial Division of PPA
Member - The Alfalfa Club
Life Member - White House News Photographers Association
Life Member - Society of Photographic Scientists &
Life Member and Distinguished Fellow - Explorers Club
Life Member - Missile, Space and Range Pioneers
Life Member - National Rifle Association
Member & President - Deaf Independent Living Association
Member - Masonic Temple, Falls Church, VA and Choptank,
Web Site: Kim Niles has,
also graciously, established a web site in Dad's memory:
If you wish, you are also encouraged to submit your
memories, pictures, whatever.
Contributions may be made
to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., P. O.
Box 4038, 110 Baptist Street, Salisbury, MD 21803 410-742-5052.
(Dad was president of this association and was on their
Board of Directors).
Please feel free to call
any of us for information, at any time.
Joanie Kaye: cell 703-622-6709.
Barbara Stuckey: cell 202-679-9603.
White House photographer covered four presidents
Barry Thumma passed away
Nov. 25, 2003. WHNPA members who wish to offer their
condolences can reach his family at: 226 Cobblestone
Lane, Lancaster, Pa. 17601. Memorial services were held
on Saturday, December 27th at 10 am at Grace United
Methodist Church, 163 West Frederick Street, Millersville,
PA. Read the open invitation to the service and a note
of thanks from
the Thumma family
Barry L. Thumma, a retired Associated Press photographer
who covered four presidents, has died. He was 56. Thumma
died at home last week (November 25) in Lancaster, Pa.,
from complications with multiple myeloma. In his 20-year
career with the AP, he traveled on more than 100 Air
Force One flights to photograph presidents Jimmy Carter,
Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. "He
was an absolutely focused and dedicated photojournalist,"
said Robert Daugherty, an AP photo editor who worked
Thumma began his career in
1967 as a part-time photographer for the Lancaster New
Era. He joined the AP in 1973 in Cincinnati, where he
covered the Reds and the Bengals.Thumma worked in Columbus,
Ohio, for two years as the state's photo editor before
moving to Washington. He retired from the Washington
bureau in 1993 after being diagnosed with myeloma, a
kind of bone cancer. Daugherty said Thumma kept Lancaster
close in his thoughts throughout his Washington tenure.
"He'd say, 'It's interesting, you come from shooting
Amish buggies to shooting politicians in limousines,'"
Daugherty said. Thumma graduated in 1965 from Penn Manor
High School and attended Millersville University. He
is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathleen Metzger
Thumma; their daughters, Autumn of Marietta, Pa., and
Meagan of Lancaster; his father, Kenneth Thumma; his
brother, Dale, of Los Angeles; his sister, Holly, of
Washington, D.C.; and three grandsons.
PAUL S. CONKLIN AP
PORT TOWNSEND: Paul S. Conklin, the first official photographer
of the Peace Corps and renowned for his ability to capture
the warmth of the human spirit, has died. He was 74.
Mr. Conklin, who as a freelancer shot the famous photograph
of a Vietnam War protester placing a daisy in the barrel
of a National Guard soldier's rifle, died Wednesday
of cancer at age 74 at his home near Beckett Point west
of Port Townsend. His work was featured in National
Geographic, Time magazine and The New York Times, and
he twice won first place at the annual White House photography
exhibit, said his wife, Ruth Merryman. "Your photos
proved in ways more powerful than words that we truly
are all God's children and more alike than different,"
wrote Peace Corps founding director Sargent Shriver
in a letter to Mr. Conklin on Aug. 22. Mr. Conklin attended
Wayne State University in Michigan, earned a master's
degree at Columbia University and was chosen to document
the Peace Corps in 1964 after the volunteer agency was
formed. He traveled with Shriver around the world, photographing
volunteers, war protesters and Third World children.
Later, as a freelancer based in Washington, D.C., he
collaborated with writer Brent Ashabranner on a series
of juvenile nonfiction books about children of vanishing
cultures and also wrote and illustrated his own books,
including "Michael of Wales." His photojournalism essays
on poverty in Latin American appeared frequently in
U.S. Catholic magazine, including "The View from Juarez"
last month. Together with his sons, David and Peter,
Mr. Conklin wrote "Land of Yesterday, Land of Tomorrow,"
a book based on their travels through central Asia.
After Mr. Conklin and Merryman moved to Port Townsend
in 1995 for the scenery and bird watching, he often
brought his camera to community events and did volunteer
photography for the police, Jefferson General Hospital,
Northwest Maritime Center, the Port Townsend Film Festival
and the Centrum arts and music festivals. In addition
to his wife, survivors include a sister, Katherine Green
of San Francisco, and a grandson. A community memorial
service and photographic display is planned Oct. 12
at the USO building at Fort Worden State Park. (AP-
Post photographer Tom Kelley, 88, whose work appeared
in that newspaper from 1938 until his retirement in
1973, died on June 25th. A member of the White House
News Photographer's Association, Kelley covered every
president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard M. Nixon.
See the Washington Post obituary
(July 4. 2003, B 05)
WHNPA member Tom Craven, Jr. passed away on February
23rd, 2003. We featured a story on the Cravens in the
2002 newsletter. Our
condolences to his family and friends. His daughter, Lisa C. Trumps. The
funeral was held March 28 at Arlington National Cemetary.
MARION CARPENTER: Pioneer
White House Photographer Dies 11/25/02 THE
ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Marion
Carpenter, one of the first female White House
photographers who traveled with President Harry
Truman and covered him daily, has died at age
the 1940s, Carpenter was one of the first women
in the White House News Photographers Association.
She was the only woman among a handful of photographers
who traveled with Truman. Carpenter studied
photography in St. Paul and went to Washington
when she was about 24. She won the White House
job as a photographer for the International
News Photos syndicate. In her belongings when
she died were photos she took of Truman, which
the president inscribed to ``Miss Carpenter.''
One of those photos, which showed Truman striding
uphill toward the Washington Monument, bears
the message: ``It's good exercise if you keep
it up, but not for high-heeled shoes, Miss
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