Tag Archives: Obituaries

Chris Mahoney

Mahoney, Baltimore Biz Journal ME, has died


Chris Mahoney, the managing editor at the Baltimore Business Journal and a longtime employee of American City Business Journals, died earlier this month  at the age of 46.

Eric Convey of the Boston Business Journal writes, “In more than 14 years at the Boston Business Journal, most of them as an editor, Chris Mahoney was known for his sharp eye for detail, gallows humor and big heart.

“Largely due to his success in Boston, Chris was promoted in 2012 to managing editor of the Baltimore Business Journal, a sister paper of the Boston Business Journal. In a devastating blow to American City Business Journals colleagues across the country, but especially in Boston and Baltimore, Chris died unexpectedly in Baltimore earlier this month. He was 46.

“‘This is a terrible loss of all of us — his family, friends and colleagues,’ Boston Business Journal Publisher Christopher McIntosh said. ‘Chris was a talented and dedicated member of the BBJ editorial team.’

“Boston Business Journal Executive Editor George Donnelly said, ‘No one had a quicker wit in the newsroom than Chris, but he always used it judiciously because, I think, he knew he had an unfair advantage. He had a wonderfully offbeat sense of humor.’”

Read more here.

George Goodman

Goodman, former host of “Adam Smith’s Money World,” dies at 83


George Goodman, who hosted the personal finance show “Adam Smith’s Money World” in the 1980s and 1990s, died Friday in Miami at the age of 83.

David Henry of Bloomberg News writes, “Goodman continued to carve out his niche in business journalism by giving Americans a grounding in economics and finance through his TV series ‘Adam Smith’s Money World,’ which premiered in 1984 on Public Broadcasting Service. Borrowing his nom de plume from the 18th-century Scottish philosopher, Goodman covered one topic per show. The 30-minute documentary series ran for 13 years.

“A contributing editor and vice president of New York magazine, he began using a pseudonym to keep his revelations of Wall Street anonymous. Goodman, who went by ‘Jerry’ among his friends, became an editorial-board member at the New York Times in 1977, was executive editor of Esquire magazine for three years, and editorial chairman of N.J. Monthly during the late 1970s.

“‘He changed the way we think about financial journalism,’ Peter Landau, who succeeded Goodman as editor of Institutional Investor, said in a profile on TJFR Group/MasterCard’s Business News Luminaries website. ‘Instead of being told that the Dow Jones Industrials declined two points or something equally boring, all of a sudden we were awakened to the fact that exciting things happen on Wall Street.’”

Read more here.


Rasky, former economics reporter, dies at 61


Susan Rasky, who covered the economy for Reuters and the New York Times, died Sunday at the age of 61 due to cancer.

Daniel Slotnik of the Times writes, “Ms. Rasky wrote more than 1,700 articles for The Times from both New York and Washington, many exploring the intricacies of the tax code and the Federal Reserve.

“‘She was a dogged reporter,’ Adam Clymer, the former Washington correspondent for The Times, recalled in an email. ‘Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of Ways and Means, once fled into a men’s room to escape her. She waited.’

“Ms. Rasky shared her Polk Award, for national reporting, with her Times colleague David E. Rosenbaum, who died in 2006. The awards are given annually by Long Island University.

“‘Meticulously and insightfully, they covered the complex issues, political maneuvering and personalities in the greatest budget debate that has ever taken place in the United States,’ the award citation said.

“Ms. Rasky had by then left The Times to teach at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. She continued to teach there until her death.”

Read more here. While visiting the Cal-Berkeley grad school several years ago, I had the pleasure of holding the leash of Rasky’s dog while we discussed how to teach economics reporting to students.

Bill Sass

Sass, former Edmonton Journal biz editor, dies


Bill Sass, the former business editor of the Edmonton Journal in Canada, died from heart failure, reports Liane Faulder of the paper.

Faulder writes, “Sass grew up in Michigan and Oregon, but came to Toronto in 1969 with his first wife, Sue, after what he always referred to as a ‘brief spell’ in the U.S. Marines. Later, he moved west, landing his first journalism job at the Medicine Hat News. More than 40 years later, in 2008, he ended his career at the Edmonton Journal after holding positions as a humour writer, a consumer columnist, business editor and legislature bureau chief. He was co-writer of a comprehensive history of the Edmonton Journal, and a journalism instructor at Grant MacEwan College.

“‘He had the patience of a saint with everybody,’ says Murrie. ‘That’s why he made a good teacher.’

“He was also a creative father, engaging his children in his newspaper stories (including Andrea, with a painful experiment in hair removal). He drew cartoons on his children’s paper lunch bags, and insisted on essays for bad behaviour rather than routine punishments.

“Friend David Holehouse, who worked with Sass in the business section of the Edmonton Journal, said he brought a sense of calm to any situation.

“‘He wasn’t always joking around; he was a solid, steady fellow,’ says Holehouse.”

Read more here.

Keith Leighty

An ode to NYT’s biz desk editor Keith Leighty


P.J. Joshi, a news editor for the New York Times‘ Dealbook, wrote the following about business desk night editor Keith Leighty, who died Sunday from brain cancer:

Keith was promoted to night editor in August 2008, just as the financial crisis was about to hit in full force. His calm demeanor under pressure and ability to multitask were critical in the desk’s navigation of the many late nights (and long days) that came after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the months of turmoil that followed.

“No matter how hectic the news was, no matter how harried his colleagues were and no matter how many times BizDay reporters pushed deadlines to, and beyond, the limits, Keith was unflappable,” recalls Larry Ingrassia, who as business editor promoted Keith to the job. “He would maybe raise an eyebrow as a sign that the story had to be filed NOW, not 30 seconds or one minute from now, but now. And it was. Editors like that don’t come along often.”

Keith joined The Times as a copy editor on BizDay in May 1999, and worked in various backfield posts, including editor of the World Business Page. He was an editor of DealBook when it was in its infancy.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Keith previously worked as a reporter and editor at Reuters in Chicago and New York; as a reporter at The Associated Press in Chicago; at The Kingman Daily Miner in Kingman, Ariz.; and as the editor of The Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Ariz.

In his spare time, Keith was eager to support the next generation of journalists. He was the professional adviser to The Washington Square News, the student newspaper at New York University. He was also a loyal New York Yankees fan and an umpire for various Little League teams in New York City.

Keith Leighty

Leighty, NY Times Business Day night editor, dies


Keigh Leighty, the night editor of The New York Times business section, died Sunday at the age of 61 from brain cancer.

An obituary on The Baron, a website for current and former Reuters employees, states, “He was diagnosed two years ago with brain cancer but continued to work regularly at his most recent employer, The New York Times, which he joined in 1999. He became night editor of the newspaper’s business desk.

“Leighty joined Reuters in Chicago in 1986 before moving to New York and becoming deputy editor-in-charge of the financial filing desk. He was promoted to editor-in-charge of the filing desk in 1993 and subsequently oversaw a merged editing desk with sub-editors for the Reuters Business Report.

“An avid baseball, golf and opera fan, Leighty was born in Peoria, Illinois, and attended the University of Arizona where he switched majors from engineering to journalism. He followed in the footsteps of his father, a former sports reporter and editor at the Peoria Journal Star. After college, Leighty worked at two newspapers in Arizona – the Mohave Valley News in Bullhead City in 1977 and then the Daily Miner in Kingman before joining the Associated Press in Chicago from 1979.”

Read more here.

Mark Lacter

Lacter, LA business journalist, dies at 59


Mark Lacter, a longtime business journalist in Los Angeles, died Wednesday at the age of 59 following a stroke.

Jonathan Polakoff of the Los Angeles Business Journal writes, “Lacter was most recently a writer and editor at LA Observed, where he worked since 2006. He also wrote for Los Angeles magazine and contributed to business coverage on KPCC-FM (89.3).

“He was an editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal from 1996 until 2001 when he left to work at Forbes for a year. He returned to the Business Journal as an editor from 2001 through 2005. Lacter also was founding editor of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, which launched in 1996 as an offshoot of the Los Angeles Business Journal

“He earlier was a senior editor in Los Angeles for Forbes magazine and an editor at the Los Angeles Daily News. He worked at Investor’s Business Daily and began his career at the Washington Post.

“Lacter suffered a stroke on Wednesday, his wife Laura Levine told LA Observed. He could not survive bleeding on his brain, the website said.”

Read more here.

Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld

Business journalist dies in bike accident


Longtime business journalist Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld has died at the age of 59 after the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car in Connecticut.

John Pirro of the News-Times writes, “Steinert-Threlkeld, 59, was editorial director at B2B Publishing and editor-in-chief of Edge of the Road, a website for cyclists. He was a journalist who wrote about how technology is used to achieve business goals, according to his profile on LinkedIn.

“A former business columnist and technology reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas, he founded Baseline Magazine in 2001. He and his team subsequently won the Grand Neal Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for and investigation that uncovered a series of deaths in Panama resulting from a faulty piece of software developed by a St. Louis company.

“His wife told DallasNews.com that Steinert-Threlkeld took up cycling 20 years ago, when knee problems forced him to give up running.

“‘He got on the bike and never got off,’ she told DallasNews.com.”

Read more here.


Longtime editor and publisher of New Hampshire biz paper dies


Don Madden, who for over 30 years was owner, publisher and editor of New Hampshire Business Review, died Sept. 29 at his home in New London. He was 84.

A story on the Business Review’s website states, “For a time, he was a real estate developer in the Lakes Region, but in the early 1980s, Mr. Madden acquired New Hampshire Business Review. Over the course of his ownership, he turned the largely unknown monthly tabloid newspaper into a statewide voice for and about the state’s business community.

“NHBR became the state’s leading source of business news and information and helped bring business journalism to the forefront in the Granite State. He employed a long line of journalists, who were given the ability to cover issues in-depth and at length – something that is an increasing rarity in the world of print journalism.

“Over the course of his ownership of NHBR, Mr. Madden launched other publications, including a Seacoast edition of NHBR and Manchester magazine, a regional lifestyle magazine that was one of the publications that eventually became New Hampshire Magazine. He also founded and published Waste Dynamics of the Northeast, a regional trade publication.”

Read more here.


NY Post biz copy editor Walsh has died


Brenda Walsh, longtime chief of The New York Post’s business section copy desk, died Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 62.

A story on the Post website states, “‘Brenda Walsh loved the New York Post, but Brenda would want everyone to know that she loved golf even more,’ Post Business Editor Rich Wilner said.

John Crudele, whose columns Walsh edited for more than 20 years, said, ‘She always said she could beat me on the course. And she was right — although I never admitted it.’

“Walsh’s survivors include her brothers, Kevin and Frank Walsh, and sisters, Eileen Walsh, Catherine Sonderquist and MaryAnn Sullivan.”

Read more here.