Richard E. (Dick) Dwelle
ATHENS – Richard E. (Dick) Dwelle, who piloted the Athens Daily Review for decades, died on June 28 at age 95.
Dwelle was known for his commitment to the news and dedication to the community he made his home for more than half-a-century.
Dwelle assumed the position of Athens Review publisher on Jan. 2, 1949. He, his wife Peggy and their two small children moved to Athens from Kermit where he had been co-publisher of the Winkler County News. Athens was a city of about 5,000 when he arrived, and the Review circulation was about 1,350 readers. That quickly grew to 1,800.
A native of Chanute, Kansas, he grew up in Dallas. He was a 1939 graduate of Highland Park High School and attended Rice Institute in Houston, where he was All-Southwest Conference in football in 1942. He was chosen in the 1943 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, but his career took a different route with military service in Europe.
Dwelle joined the United States Army Reserves in 1942, and was commissioned for active World War II service in 1944, as a second lieutenant. He arrived in Europe that December, and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from active duty in June of 1946, and promoted to captain in the Reserves. In 2011, he was honored in Congress for his World War II service.
During his tenure with he Athens Daily Review, his son Dan Dwelle served as co-publisher from 1973 to 1986, when the family sold The Review and connected newspapers. At one time Dwelle owned Texas newspapers at Cedar Creek Lake, Mabank and Malakoff and was part owner in Kermit, Wink and Marlin, as well as Jal and Eunice in New Mexico.
He served as president of the North and East Texas Press Association and served on the boards of Texas Press Association and Texas Daily Newspaper Association. He was a Texas Press Association Golden 50 Award recipient in 1996.
Dwelle was honored by his industry as the Texas Newspaper Leader for the Year in 1980, by his community as Athens Citizen of the Year 1971, and is a member of the Rice University Sports Hall of Fame. He was a longtime member and deacon at Athens First Presbyterian Church.
Dwelle maintained his interest in the Athens Daily Review long after his retirement. He often contributed a tip or a story idea, and in 2009, wrote a feature on historic Athens figures.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy, two children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and other relatives.
Family and friends gathered to remember him on July 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville St. Athens, TX 75751 or to the charity of choice.
Otis Elbert (Bert) Holmes Jr.
DALLAS – Dallas Times Herald veteran Otis Elbert (Bert) Holmes Jr., 95, died June 27 in Dallas.
During his 44-year career at the Dallas Times Herald, his mission was to foster change by bringing issues to light and encouraging widespread community involvement. He worked to spur civic awareness during a career in which he held every editorial position at the newspaper, from reporter to executive editor and chief editorial writer.
As the Herald’s city editor in the 1950s, Holmes assigned stories to raise awareness about the plight of the mentally ill in Dallas. Later, as editorial page editor, he campaigned for the creation of mental-health diagnostic centers. His colleagues remembered him for his integrity and dedication to making journalism the voice of the people.
He attended Magnolia A&M College, now Southern Arkansas University, before entering Southern Methodist University on a scholarship. At SMU, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1942 and was a member of Sigma Delta Chi and Lambda Chi Alpha.
Holmes began his journalism career with the student newspaper at SMU. He was a campus correspondent to the Dallas Journal, where he later was a police reporter. He was a reporter at the Austin Journal before joining the Army. During World War II, he was a warrant officer and served in Okinawa.
In 1946, Holmes joined the Dallas Times Herald as a reporter. He held numerous positions and was named executive editor in 1963.
An advocate for education reform and city improvement, he was active in the League for Education Advancement in Dallas, Goals for Dallas, a program through which thousands of residents helped draft plans to make the city the best in the country, the Dallas Family Center and the United Way.
Holmes was also a former president of the Press Club of Dallas and received that organization’s J.B. “Buck” Marryat Award for outstanding contribution to communications.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Bush Holmes.
He is survived by his wife Helen Hankins Holmes; two sons, two stepsons, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a sister.
A public memorial was held July 5 at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Glenda (Sue) Moore
DALLAS – Advertising agency owner and former Dallas Morning News advertising consultant Glenda (Sue) Moore died June 26 in Dallas. She was 80.
A 1959 graduate of North Texas State College with a bachelor of administration in journalism, advertising and business, she began her career as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Moving to advertising sales, she handled any major accounts, including Six Flags.
In 1977, she started her own advertising and marketing company, SMG Associates. Her work earned many awards, including the Dallas Women in Communications Matrix Award in Advertising, the Southeast USA Tourism Council Creative Award in 1987, and several awards from the Professional Publishers Association for various advertising campaigns. She continued to serve as a marketing consultant following her retirement in 2006.
She is survived by her lifelong companion, Dorothy Ray Holley of Farmers Branch, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Memorial service was held July 7 at Westland Funeral Home in Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Farmers Branch Animal Shelter or Operation Kindness.