Don Chandler (left) and Burl Osborne
(1924 — 2012)
Don Chandler, a longtime assistant publisher for The Brenham Banner-Press, died Aug. 4 in Brenham. He was 88.
Chandler’s 51-year career in the newspaper industry included more than 20 years with The Banner-Press, the paper reported. He joined the newspaper in 1979 and served 14 years as assistant publisher. He retired in 1995 but spent another eight years working on a part-time basis for the newspaper before retiring fully in 2003.
Chandler worked for The Galveston Daily News from 1953-58, then for publications owned by Hartman Newspapers in Texas City and Baytown from 1958-75.
During that 17-year period, he was an award-winning artist in advertising layout and design and worked his way up the ranks from advertising salesman to manager to director of advertising for the Texas City Daily Sun.
In 1975 he accepted a position as general manager and co-owner of the Alvin Advertiser. When the Chandler’s Alvin home was flooded by a tropical storm in 1979, he and his wife, Wilma, sold their newspaper interests and moved to Brenham.
Chandler was a World War II veteran. He was born in Brady.
(1937 — 2012)
Burl Osborne, former publisher of The Dallas Morning News, died Aug. 15 in Dallas. He was 75.
Osborne began his career as a reporter with the Associated Press in West Virginia and rose through the ranks at AP to become managing editor of its worldwide news operations in New York. He left the AP in 1980 to take a position as vice president and executive editor of The Dallas Morning News. Later, he was named publisher of the paper and an executive officer of the Morning News’ parent company, Belo Corp., from which he retired in 2001.
Osborne had reconnected with AP in 1993 when he joined the cooperative’s board of directors, and in 2002 he became chairman of the board. He served as chairman until 2007.
He would later become a director and interim CEO of Freedom Communications.
During his career, he supported numerous non-profits and trade associations as a board member, officer or trustee, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Press Institute, the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, the Newspaper Association of America, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and many others. He also co-chaired the Pulitzer Prize Board.