-30- July 2015


Lynwood Abram, a newspaper reporter for most of his 88 years, died June 23, 2015. 

He was born on Oct. 16, 1926, in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1949. He worked for the Houston Chronicle for five decades and was known for beautifully polished and concise stories.

Before joining the Chronicle, he worked for the Austin-American Statesman, the Galveston Daily News, El Paso Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Riverside, CA Press.


Chuck Hlava, longtime sports editor for The Bay Area Citizen, died July 5, 2015, at the age of 74.

He was born in Prague, CZ to Emerich and Eva Hlava. 

In 1948 the family escaped as political refugees and spent two years in a displaced persons’ camp in West Germany. They came to America in December 1950.

Hlava graduated from Scottsdale High School and attended Arizona State University, where he majored in journalism. In 1964 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served two years as company clerk. He became a U.S. citizen in February 1966. 

After receiving an honorable discharge, Hlava went to work for the Colorado Springs Gazette covering sports at the Air Force Academy. In the early 1970s he moved to Houston where he started Lava Well Service.

 In 1990 he went to work for the Bay Area Citizen as sports writer and then sports editor. He won several first place awards for feature stories. 

He retired from the Citizen in 2011.


Teena Maenza, longtime editor of the Brazoria County News, died July 3, 2015, at the age of 60.

She was born August 23, 1954, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Dale and Ella Mae Moore. 

She was editor of her high school newspaper at Valley High School in Gilchrest, Colo., and worked part-time at the Platteville Herald in Platteville, Colo.

Her writing career in Brazoria County started in Lake Jackson at the Brazorian News. She became editor of the Brazoria County News in 1994.

She won numerous awards for her writing from the Texas Press Association, South Texas Press Association and Gulf Coast Press Association.

In 2003, she was also the first recipient of the Award of Excellence in Media Excellence from the Texas Historical Commission for her articles on the plight of historically endangered Rosenwald Schools.

She also wrote articles for Image Magazine in Brazoria County since 1999. She was published in Highlights for Children, the Houston Chronicle’s Texas Magazine, Capper’s Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul.