Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 02, 2003

Jerry Durnbaugh, 72, a newspaperman who founded The Weekly Packet in Maine more than 40 years ago, died Sept. 24 after a long illness.

Mr. Durnbaugh's death occurred two weeks after he was inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame.

Mr. Durnbaugh, who had worked for the Wabash Plain Dealer in Indiana, started The Weekly Packet in 1960 with his wife, Gayle. They went on to publish the Blue Hill, Maine, weekly for 21 years before selling it.

Mr. Durnbaugh also served as the weekly's editorial writer and columnist. He worked part time from 1968 to 1973 as a Statehouse reporter and columnist for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine.

After selling The Weekly Packet, Mr. Durnbaugh continued to write his weekly "Clipboard" column.

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