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Deceased Name: Harold Chucker , 79; he was Star
Tribune editorial editor
Harold Chucker, a former Star Tribune editorial-page
editor and Star business editor, died Saturday at Shalom Home West in St.
Chucker, 79, was known for his cogent analyses of foreign
affairs and economics. During his tenure at the helm of the business pages,
he chronicled the fears and struggles of small-business owners and defogged
complex economic issues.
Robert White, a former editorial-page editor at the Star
Tribune, said Chucker was "one of the most succinct, crisp writers on
economical matters that I've seen in a long, long time."
Chucker's journalism career spanned 35 years, and his job
descriptions ran the gamut: copy editor, copy desk chief, business editor and
editorial editor. He was a former president of the Twin Cities Newspaper
Guild and a former treasurer of the Minnesota United Nations Association.
"He was the most respected business journalist of his
time in this city," said Dick Youngblood, Star Tribune business
columnist, who worked with the Tribune when Chucker was with the Star.
"Despite the fact that we worked for what were then competing newspaper
staffs, he was a mentor to me."
Chucker, of St. Louis Park, came to the Star in the early
1960s. He joined the editorial staff of the Star in 1965 and was editorial
editor from 1968 to 1975, when he took the job of associate editor to free
himself from administrative duties so he could to devote himself to economics
and economic policy.
"He was a no-nonsense writer and a healthy
skeptic," White said. "He was a very likable sort of guy, not a
glad-hander, but very straight."
Leonard Inskip, an editorial-page writer who worked with
the Tribune when Chucker was with the Star, called him a "very decent
guy and an honorable competitor."
After the Star and Tribune merged in 1982, Chucker and
Inskip shared an office. Inskip said what he remembers most was Chucker's
ability to write well and fast: "He had a rare ability to come in in the
morning, glance at the paper, make a phone call or maybe two, and right away
write a column for the next day's paper."
Chucker, a longtime member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in
Golden Valley, was a graduate of North High School in Minneapolis and the
University of Minnesota in 1940. He was active in the Sigma Delta Chi
fraternity, American Newspaper Guild and Minnesota United Nations Association
and was a member of the DFL.
He is survived by June, his wife of 49 years, and a
daughter, Susan, of Lincoln, Mass. Arrangements are pending.
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