A Last Remembrance of Ron Georgeff

To all who could not attend Ron’s recent memorial service, here are the remarks of the three speakers who were asked to reminisce about Ron.

Susan Campbell and Joe Nunes are longtime Courant colleagues, as all or nearly all of you know, and Ira Williams is Ron’s oldest friend, dating back to their years in college together in Kansas. Ira told us things few of us knew about him.

Susan Campbell:

I knew Ron was the national editor of the Hartford Courant, but I became better acquainted with him when he moved back to the Land of Broken Toys, the features department. No small amount of the staff members had been moved back there as punishment. They’d displeased or angered the gods, but who cares? What the gods didn’t know was that by sequestering all us ne’er-do-wells in one room, they were creating a potent mix of creativity, volatility, and fun.

Mostly fun.

In a weird way, the features department was a healing place for some of us, a place we could go to lick our wounds, get into some great arguments and basically, act in ways that might make us rotten as people, but fabulous as journalists.

I quickly learned that you could argue with Ron, but he was mostly right. I also learned that Ron could provide a unique perspective on just about any topic. If I wanted to argue perspectives, I could feel free to do so, but again, Ron was mostly right. His perspective on any topic was always deeper and more-thought-out than mine. About 30 percent of the columns I wrote were Ron’s idea. You could get into a conversation with him that would veer rather quickly into medieval music –

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Empty Space Emptiness

Denis Horgan posts this sad image on Facebook:

It is sad to see how far a mighty institution has fallen financially — especially when one knows the reasons.

But the good news here is that the ad is appearing in the Courant, which you might remember no longer owns the building. So as a tenant, the new potential rent revenue means nothing. The ad, however, should run long and often — at the full price.

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R.I.P. Ron

Word is spreading that Ron Georgeff died this morning. (Feb. 7)

UPDATE: Here is Ron’s obit.

He was a fine and humble man, a dedicated journalist and the picture of quiet courage.

A public memorial will be held Friday.

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Georgeff Update

Ron Geogeff is struggling after his recent surgery. Here’s some of what his ex-wife Ann reports:
I visited Ron yesterday at Hartford Hospital.  Ron appears to be really out of it, on loads of IV-delivered pain meds and fluids.  He’s in a LOT of pain as soon as his meds start to wear off.  It seems that the medical staff there pays a lot of attention to his needs, and there are a LOT of different people involved in his care. When he is given a new dose of meds, it puts him to sleep.  At least, then, he looks pain free.
Ron cannot speak even whisper, much less talk, & he cannot hold a pencil or marker.  Our daughter Lucy drives up and down from Vermont.  She’s a really good lip-reader.  Alas, I am not a good lip-reader.  Our son is also in town from Vermont, staying at Ron’s, working long hours and long-distance via computer with his company.  Ron’s sister is flying in from out of state this evening.
Yesterday, Lucy showed Ron the emails that Hartford Hospital printed out for him, but it’s unclear how much he was able to absorb that information.  At any rate, the family really appreciates those kindnesses of his former colleagues.  It’s great that Hartford Hospital provides a link for people to email its patients.
There was some talk among staff last night that Ron might be moved from yesterday’s room to another room, so best for people to check with Hartford Hospital to learn his current location.
~ Ann
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