Herald editor Morley Ballantine dies


Herald editor Morley Ballantine dies

Longtime supporter of arts, education and Durango community leaves a remarkable legacy
Celebration of life

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Mrs. Ballantine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Gale Jr., in 1946; and husband of 27 years, Arthur A. Ballantine in 1975.

She is survived by her sons Herald publisher Richard Gale Ballantine of Durango and William Gay Ballantine of Kirkland, Wash.; daughters Elizabeth Ballantine of McLean, Va., and Helen Ballantine Healy of Wichita, Kan.; brothers John Cowles Jr. and Russell Cowles, both of Minneapolis; sister, Sarah "Sally" Cowles Doering, of Northampton, Mass.; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Center of Southwest Studies or Fort Lewis College c/o Fort Lewis College Foundation, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave., Durango, CO 81301; or Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, 7155 E. 38th St., Denver, CO 80207.

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There is the life of the marketplace and the life of the mind as well. Newspapers have an obligation to explain the former and encourage the latter.

As long-time editors of the Herald, we've thought of ourselves as socially liberal and fiscally conservative. We believe that there is an important role for government to play in our lives, but, at the same time, the best government is that which governs least."

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