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Remembering those who have left

Melvin B. Miller

An unwelcome aspect of growing old is the loss of many friends and acquaintances. Many have lived ordinary lives, but for others, somehow their presence has been significant at the Banner for at least an extended period.

When the Banner first began publication in 1965, the first photographer was Bob Hale. He became known as “the brother on a bike” as he pedaled around to photo shoots. He left several years ago to return to his hometown in Virginia.

During Boston’s school segregation crisis, Jim Breeden was frequently written up in the Banner. A graduate of Dartmouth College and an Episcopal priest, he led the campaign for students to boycott the Boston schools.

Ted Howe, a member of the Spartans, a club for Roxbury High School students, and strong advocate for recipients of social work services, had relocated to Utah to be close to a daughter.

Bill Wharton, a lawyer and Roxbury man who had relocated to Washington, D.C. to head a post in the U.S. State Department, has also left us.

The Banner provides an obituary section under the news menu on the Banner website or by visiting www.baystatebanner.com/obits.

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