- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hugh B. Patterson Jr., whose 38 years as publisher of the Arkansas Gazette included the Central High School desegregation crisis, died May 29 at the age of 91.

Mr. Patterson’s death was reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yesterday. He was publisher of the Gazette from 1948 to 1986, when the newspaper was sold to Gannett Co.

The Gazette won two Pulitzer Prizes in 1958, one for its news coverage of Central High and the other for editorials.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr. said Mr. Patterson’s greatest achievement was the Gazette’s coverage of the Central High desegregation.

“It was a difficult time, and he certainly responded,” Mr. Hussman said.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

“I said, ‘Well, of course, it’s got to be recognized that the Supreme Court decision was the only decision that could have been made,’” Mr. Patterson later recalled in an interview with the Associated Press.

“We have to recognize that this is a transitional time in terms of public policy, and it will, perhaps, take some time for that to be realized, but there’s just no option to this. It’s a fundamental matter.”

In September 1957, nine black students braved angry white mobs to attend Central High. Gov. Orval Faubus had called out the National Guard to prevent black children from attending the previously all-white school, but President Eisenhower sent Army troops to escort the youngsters into the school and maintain order.

Mr. Patterson “was absolutely vital to leading the paper to the position it held: Obey the law and the court decision,” said Roy Reed, a former Gazette reporter who now is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

During Mr. Patterson’s tenure at the Gazette, the paper added more news sections, began running stock tables and began running color comics on Sundays.

Gannett Co. bought the Gazette in 1986, then closed it in 1991 and sold the name and its assets to Little Rock Newspapers Inc., now called Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inc.

Richard P. Paine, 88,artist-photographer

Richard Porteus Paine, a portrait artist and photographer, died March 16 of congestive heart failure and complications from tuberculosis at his home in Marble Falls, Texas. He was 88.

Born June 3, 1917, at Columbia Hospital in the District, Mr. Paine was raised in Arlington and attended Sidwell Friends School in the District.

He received a bachelor’s degree in art from George Washington University and a master’s degree in art history from Columbia University in New York in 1949.

During the 1930s, Mr. Paine’s pencil portraits of motion picture stars appeared in local newspapers, including the Washington Evening Star and the Times-Herald, which used the drawings as advertising art on a regular basis.

He drew in the style of Romantic ultra-realism, and received personal tributes in the form of letters and autographs from Bing Crosby, Mary Philbin, Lois Moran and John Barrymore.

Mr. Paine also was a talented photographer and took charge of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Photographic Laboratory’s Photo-Print Facility in World War II.

During and after the war, he continued to do portraiture and drew or painted portraits of figures such as Adm. Ernest King, Adm. Logan Ramsey, actor Dennis King and astronaut John Glenn.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Paine illustrated internationally distributed posters for the U.S. Information Agency and worked as an ad artist for the Hecht Co.

He also collected antique cameras; wrote the book “The All-American Cameras: A Review of Graflex,” which was published in 1981; and contributed articles to photography newsletters and magazines.

Mr. Paine lived in Springfield from 1955 to 1977. He subsequently lived in Houston and in Fredericksburg, Va., where he helped found the Holy Cross Anglican Church, before moving to Marble Falls in 2004.

Survivors include two sons, Stuart M. Paine of Arlington and Charles B. Paine of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Susan P. Hartline of Marble Falls and Anne P. Panko of Austin, Texas; and six grandchildren. His wife of 53 years, Eileen Matthews Paine, died in 2004.

Cora L. Hartman, 85,retired CIA staffer

Cora Louise Hartman, a retired CIA worker, died May 7 at the Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Burtonsville. She was 85.

Mrs. Hartman was born in Charleston, S.C., and was the daughter of an Army officer.

During her childhood, she traveled throughout the United States and lived at various Army bases. She resided in Maryland and the District for the last 53 years of her life.

Mrs. Hartman graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu and attended the University of Hawaii from 1939 to 1941.

During World War II, she helped run the commissary at Camp Davis, N.C. — where her father was stationed — and later worked as manager of the parts department at Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne, Calif.

After the war, Mrs. Hartman worked as an Army civilian personnel specialist in Munich and Bad Tolz, Germany, during the U.S. military occupation of that country.

In 1953, Mrs. Hartman accepted a position with the CIA in Washington and worked as an administrative assistant there from 1953 until retirement in 1980.

She worked 31 years for the federal government.

In her spare time, Mrs. Hartman enjoyed working in her garden and taking care of her cats. She often helped stray cats find homes and always housed at least two of them.

She also was a continuous learner and took various seminars on subjects relating to her job.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Charles C. Hartman of College Park; and a brother, Rolla Ladd, of Troy, Ohio.


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