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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Susan Silsbee Passes

I am sorry to report that former Courant photo editor David Grewe announced on Dec. 17 on his Facebook page that his wife, Susan Sillsbee, also a former Courant journalist, died “recently.”
David is at Washington State University. Here is what he said:

Its with a heavy heart that I must share the news that my wife, Susan, passed away a couple days ago. She was the love of my life and one of the smartest people I have ever known. I will be forever grateful that I met her and I will miss her free spirit, laughter and companionship.

I’d like to thank all of you we’ve met along the way and pass along this quote for the holiday season.

“May you be safe and free from suffering, may you be as happy and as healthy as it is possible to be, may you have ease of being.” – Mark Williams.

John Ward has been watching for more complete announcements, but this is all he has found to date:
This link refers to services in the future in New York, Susan’s hometown.
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On C-SPAN, Kreig Connects JFK Killing To Current Issues

C-SPAN’s American History TV last month cablecast a lecture by former Courant reporter Andrew Kreig (1970-84) about the continuing importance of the Warren Commission’s 1964 report about President Kennedy’s murder.

Andy writes:

C-SPAN’s broadcast of my talk “Current Implications of the JFK Assassination Cover-Up” begins at the 15:40-minute mark of the video here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?321703-1/50th-anniversary-warren-report. The talk on Sept. 26 opened a three-day conference on recent revelations about the 1964 Warren report.

Also this fall, I augmented the Justice Integrity Project’s 22-part Readers Guide to the major recent books, videos, events and analysis about the assassination.   Read More »

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Off Again, On Again

Okay, then, take some time off.

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