Richard Gayford ZIMMERMAN[1]

Male 1934 - 2008  (73 years)


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  • Name Richard Gayford ZIMMERMAN 
    Born 03 Sep 1934  Sringfield, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jan 2008  [2
    Person ID I247  Gayford 2
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2017 

    Father Charles Ballard ZIMMERMAN,   b. 22 Jun 1891, Sringfield, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Cubitt GAYFORD,   b. 13 Jun 1903, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Apr 1930  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Obituary: Richard G. Zimmerman, 73, led Plain Dealer bureaus
      Saturday, January 12, 2008
      Alana Baranick
      Plain Dealer Reporter
      Richard G. Zimmerman, former chief of The Plain Dealer's Washington and Columbus bureaus, died Thursday morning at a Washington, D.C., hospice center at age 73. He had lung cancer.

      Zimmerman served as curator of the National Press Club's collection of historic front-page offset plates.

      He gave a $200,000 gift to the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library at the Press Club to start a scholarship for young journalists. The first Richard G. Zimmerman scholarship will be awarded in June.


      Zimmerman, the son of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, graduated in 1956 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he was born. He earned a master's degree in government and public administration from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1958.

      Zimmerman, an Air Force vet eran, began his career in jour nalism as wire editor for the Urbana Daily Citizen in Ohio. In the 1960s, he es tablished the first Columbus bureau for the Horvitz newspaper chain - which included what are now the Morning Journal in Lorain and the Lake County News-Herald in Willoughby.

      He worked for the Dayton Journal-Herald before joining The Plain Dealer in 1967.

      Zimmerman was the paper's Columbus bureau chief for four years before being named to head the bureau office in the nation's capital in 1971. "I think the politicals liked him," said Abe Zaidan, former newspaper rival and friend. "They knew he'd be accurate."

      In 1977, he gave up his position at the bureau and took a leave of absence, during which he traveled to Africa. He subsequently returned to the national politics beat and wrote for the newspaper for several more years.

      He remained a resident of Washington and a presence in journalism circles there until his death.

      Zimmerman received numerous awards for his reporting over the years, including the American Newspaper Guild's Heywood Broun Memorial Award and Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association's public-service award.

      In recent years, Zimmerman wrote two books that were published by Kent State University Press. His biography of a former Ohio governor, "Call Me Mike: A Political Biography of Michael V. DiSalle," was released in 2003. "Plain Dealing: Ohio Politics and Journalism Viewed from the Press Gallery" was published in 2006.
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    • ZIMMERMAN, Richard G. a former Statehouse and Washington Bureau chief for the The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, 73, died early Thursday morning in Community Hospice at the Washington Home after battling cancer. He was born September 3, 1934 the son of the late Ohio State Supreme Court Justice Charles B. Zimmerman and Dorothy (Gayford) Zimmerman. Rick graduated from Springfield High in 1952. He then graduated from Wittenberg University in 1956, where he was a member and president of Beta Theta Pi. He received his masters from American University and his PHD from Wittenberg. He served in the Air National Guard. He started in the new business as a political cartoonist. Over his career, Rick worked for Horvitz Newspapers and the Dayton Journal Herald before moving to Columbus in the late 1960's, where he joined The Plain Dealer. He later become the newspaper's Washington bureau chief. "Rick was a character and a colorful guy," said Tom Diemer, a former Plain Dealer staff member in the Washington Bureau. He was a hell of a reporter and had a very nice writing style." Rick wrote two books for Kent State University Press: Plan Dealing and Call me Mike, a biography of former Gov. Michael V. DiSalle. Rick is survived by his sister, Helen (Cookie) Stevens; niece, Kathleen Stevens of Columbus, Ohio; nephews, Eric and David Stevens of Springfield; sister-in-law, Nancy Lemen Zimmerman; cousins, John and Norma Zimmerman of Birmingham, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, local Attorney, Charles B. Zimmerman Jr.; and brother-in-law, Richard E. Stevens. No funeral services were scheduled. Rick donated his body to the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the National Press Club in Washington, where he was a longtime member and scholarship endowment donor. Published in the Springfield News-Sun on 1/12/2008.
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    • A collection of political remembrances from a longtime Statehouse and Washington bureau reporter

      Son of an Ohio Supreme Court Justice and longtime political reporter, Rick Zimmerman presents Ohio politics from the inside. He began learning about Ohio politics and politicians as a young boy, sitting at the dinner table presided over by his father, Judge Charles Ballard Zimmerman. The author says his ?father was a Democrat of sorts, but identified with the Jeffersonian wing of the party. In short, he was a conservative and a favorable mention of Franklin Roosevelt was practically banned in our house.? Yet, in spite of these philosophical leanings, the elder Zimmerman was truly nonpartisan as far as his political tales were concerned, with an opinion about most political leaders from both parties, that were for the most part negative, a ?perspective which my later critics likely would suggest I inherited,? contends Zimmerman.

      In the same way his father entertained with his reminiscences, author Rick Zimmerman tells stories of and on Ohio?s politicians and their machinations, including governors (James Rhodes and Mike DiSalle), senators, and congressmen. His discussions of Watergate, his African sabbatical, and the National Press Club and reflections on the state of journalism are refreshing, witty, and insightful. Plain Dealing is an engaging memoir that doubles as an irreverent look at Ohio?s political history.

      Richard G. Zimmerman is a freelance writer and lives in Washington, D.C. He was bureau chief and national correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Ohio State-house correspondent and columnist for a chain of newspapers in Ohio. He is the author of Call Me Mike: A Political Biography of Michael V. DiSalle (The Kent State University Press, 2003).
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  • Sources 
    1. [S52] Andrew Whiteleather Family Tree.

    2. [S64] Linda Moeller.

    3. [S54] http://upress.kent.edu/books/Zimmerman2.htm.