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Mourning Connie Knox

I am very sorry to have to report that I just received word that Connie Knox, a veteran copy editor at The Baltimore Sun and a stalwart member of the Newspaper Guild, has died in her sleep.

Connie, who welcomed me into the Guild when I was hired at The Sun twenty-five years ago, and endured being my subordinate when I ascended into management, retired this spring after more than three decades at the paper. She was a colleague, occasionally an adversary, and always a friend. Our discussions were always cordial, no matter on which side of the desk we were sitting, and I mourn her passing.

She stood up for her people.

A fuller account will appear in The Sun once the information can be assembled.



Posted by John McIntyre at 5:34 PM | | Comments (5)


It was a privilege to work with Connie. She was a dedicated copy editor and passionate about the guild and all it fought to protect. A very large community mourns her passing today.

Prof. McI. (Oh, what the hey..... John),

In less than a week's time you have, sadly, had to deal w/ the passing(s) of two close former journalistic colleagues. My heart, and deep condolences go out to you for these personal loses------- Garry Gene Barker's death this past July 12th, and now, today, your former Baltimore Sun co-worker, and staunch veteran Newspaper Guild stalwart, Connie Knox.

To pass in one's sleep seems like a peaceful, uncomplicated, way to depart this mortal coil, yet 'the living' can really never prepare for such a sudden, final, unexpected loss. It's always a shocker.

Your earlier recollections of fellow Kentuckian, Garry G. Barker, I found very touching, slightly bittersweet, most respectful, and eloquently expressed, I might add.

It's funny, but w/ many folk (yours truly included), those first ventures into one's chosen life's work often leave a significant, and lasting impression on us.

Clearly, your early local newspaper stint w/ Garry and his wife, and your growing awareness of Barker's myriad writings, left a lasting impression on you, perhaps instilling a greater appreciation for, and pride in the simpler, down-home, more genuine grassroots aspects of Kentucky 'culture'. Granted those initial forays into print journalism for you were some 40-odd-years back, yet I'm sure you still have a bit of a nostalgic longing for those less complicated times. No?

John, thanks again for sharing your twin loses. w/ us bloggers. I'm touched, yet I knew neither one of these fine, recently departed souls. Enough said.


I'm very sorry for your loss

Here is The Suns obituary:,0,6951462.story

34 years ago another editor at the Sun passed away. His name was Floyd Knox. He was my father and Connie's husband. Connie went to work at the Sun shortly after that. The late Fred Kelly wrote the most wonderful piece about my father called "A short story of a life and a death". That and the heartfelt letters that we received from many of Dad's co-workers have given his family tremendous comfort over the years. Connie and my father both loved the newspaper business and their co-workers from the Sun meant the world to them.
Eric Knox

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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