Napoleon Rama, 92
FORMER PUBLISHER of the Manila Bulletin and author Napoleon “Nap” Rama died Sunday, January 10. He was 92.
Rama, who was a cellmate of former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. during the martial law period, co-founded “Lakas ng Bayan” (LABAN), which fielded Corazon Aquino as a presidential candidate. He was later appointed to the Constitutional Commission and helped draft the 1987 Constitution. (“UP CMC honors Napoleon Rama,” Bulletin, Jan. 13, 2016)
Rama was a lawyer-journalist. Aside from being the Bulletin publisher from 1987 to 2007, he was also a columnist. He was a political writer for the Philippine Free Press, and editor of the Cebu-based Spanish newspaper El Observatorio. He also worked for the US newspaper Philadelphia Bulletin (“Former Manila Bulletin publisher Napoleon G. Rama, 92,” Bulletin, Jan. 12, 2016)
Among his awards were the “Journalist of the Year” in 1959, the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Award in 1990, and the Spanish literary award “Premio Zobel” in 1992.
“They (Rama and his contemporaries) were journalists in that dangerous time. Martial law has since been a constant reminder of how a free and active press could be silenced or fettered,” wrote the Cebu-Citizens Press Council in their statement.
Rama is survived by his wife and children.
William Nangle, 70
Longtime journalist William Nangle died Friday, January 8. He was 70.
He started his career in journalism in 1964, working for newspapers in Marion, Kokomo, and Franklin, Indiana. In 1969, he was named managing editor of the Bristol Herald Courier. The following year, he joined The Times where he worked for nearly 45 years. He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011 and became the editor emeritus of The Times when he retired in 2014. (“Indiana Hall of Fame journalist dead at 70,” JournalGazette.net, Jan. 12, 2016)
Nangle “helped lead The Times for nearly 45 years to become the dominant player in the Northwest Indiana media market, but also helped mold the future of Northwest Indiana through his service on numerous community organizations’ boards,” his profile reads in NWITimes.com.
“Bill was a unique person. He was a man of great passion and conviction. He championed the region and built coalitions that will continue to work on creating the NWI that he and we all want to build. His legacy will continue because he was about creating a cause and not a cult of personality,” Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority President and CEO Bill Hanna said in “Former Times executive editor Bill Nangle dies,” Jan. 9, 2016)
He is survived by his wife, seven children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.