Georgeff Undergoing Surgery

Our buddy and longtime Courant journalist Ron Georgeff is undergoing a challenging transition.

Former copy editor Mike Prager, aka, Marbs, has been in touch with Ron’s ex-wife, Ann Corcoran, and she shared that Ron entered Hartford Hospital Thursday and is to have a tracheotomy Saturday that will deliver oxygen to his lungs — without his having to do the breathing.

Ron has had difficulty breathing for a long time, and carried an oxygen bottle wherever he went. But the most significant part of this change is that there is a chance it will require a move to a full-time care facility. No return to his apartment for independent living. Ron spoke to Larry Williams and said will be in the hospital a week, then go to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain for rehab, and from there possibly to Avery Heights for more rehab. Whether he stays there or goes home will depend on his progress.

Larry also said this: “Deena and I saw ‘The Theory of Everything’ today. Hawking has a tracheotomy and can’t talk after that; it was known beforehand, and not the result of some error. So I asked Ron if he would be able to talk, and he said yes. Thank God.”

Ann reports that Ron is very upbeat. His surgery is 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, she said:

“Some time ago, Ron told me he’d like to go to Avery Heights when he needed more care, so I told our daughter that, and both of us have left evening messages for Avery Heights to call us back. So Ron’s pleased that Avery Heights is sort of in the works.”

“He couldn’t think of anything he’d need, but he would like a book to read. He likes the hospital food. I told him that when I was in a nursing home (after my own surgery), that I loved the food because I love any food that somebody else makes.”

I’m sure all Courant alumni and his friends still at the paper wish him the best in coping with this new challenge.

Ron’s phone is (860) 545 – 4455.

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Connecticut Grown

Strike a blow for Courant independence!

Word leaks out that the Courant will be editing more of its copy again instead of shipping it off to Chicago.
That may make the new consolidated downstairs newsroom a little more cozy; and is certainly a step, if even a small one, away from Big Brother.

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Kodas Profiled

All right Mike Kodas! He gives a great interview, no?

It’s great to see a fine journalist giving back to his profession.

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Jean Tucker Kravsow passes

Another death in the Courant family, this time of  Jean Kravsow, wife of the late Courant editor Irving Kravsow, and a journalist of the first order in her own right.

Here is the obituary information, sent along by Henry McNulty:

Jean C. Tucker Kravsow, of Bloomfield and Naples Florida, wife of the late Irving M. Kravsow, beloved sister and aunt died Monday December 15.

She was born on July 10 in Worcester Massachusetts to the late Edward J. Tucker and Agnes Mara Tucker; Jean was a graduate of Classical High School and Clark University. Jean’s life was filled with adventure and her career took her to many places, doing things that most women of her era never had the opportunity to do.

While attending a dance with her sister at the Statler Hotel, in Boston, across the street from the Coconut Grove Nightclub fire on November 28, 1942 Jean was one of many individuals pressed into service that long and cold night by Boston Fire and Police personnel to help comfort and transport scores of victims of the inferno. She spent a winter skiing in Aspen and sailed on the Andrea Doria. Jean worked for several years as a journalist at the Worcester Telegram, the Manchester (NH) Union Leader, the Catholic Free Press, and the Springfield Republican before coming to Hartford in the early 1960′s to join the Hartford Courant.

During her years at the Courant, she covered stories in locations from Hartford to halfway around the world. She traveled to Pakistan in 1963 to report on First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit to that nation. Jean was the Courant’s civil rights reporter throughout the 1960′s, detailing those issues for her readers wherever the story took her. She reported from the March on Washington and in Selma, and the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlighted discrimination in housing and employment in Greater Hartford during those tumultuous years. In the early 1970′s she joined Hartford’s CBS affiliate, now known as WFSB, as a television news reporter. During her time there, she also worked as an anchor and as Editorial Director. Not content to sit around after she retired, Jean became a volunteer at the American School for the Deaf and a docent at the Wadsworth Athenaeum.

In Naples, she volunteered by teaching English. Jean is survived by her brothers Donald S. Tucker and his wife Marguerite of Wilmington Ma, Edward J. Tucker, Jr of Naples FL and Robert N. Tucker of Vernon, CT and her brother in law Philip Kravsow and his wife Midge and her sisters in law, Elaine Schultz and Frances Greenblatt. In addition, she is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister and brother in law Agnes and Paul McGrath and her sister in law Madeline Tucker and her brothers in law Morris Schultz and Edward Greenblatt. – See more at: http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Jean-C.-Tucker-Kravsow/Bloomfield-CT/1462007#sthash.sqEVH1tA.dpuf

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