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Lore, David
1940 - 2018
David Lore, a third-generation journalist who worked for decades at The Columbus Dispatch, died January 23rd from heart failure. He was 77. Lore, who published his first book, Firebrand, in 2017, loved being a newsman, saying in a recent interview, "I've got to say, I had a ball." He traveled the world (including the South Pole), and covered beats including education, crime and punishment, and politics. His favorite assignment, however, was being the science editor. Lore also enjoyed mentoring young reporters. Journalist Michael J. Berens, a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, remembered how Lore plucked him from being an editorial assistant and encouraged him to hone his skills. "Whenever I think about journalism, I think about people like David. He's among the thousands of unsung journalism heroes who pursue their craft with a single-minded mission to find truth, expose wrongdoing and deliver unbiased stories to the public," he wrote. "David did it for 37 years." Lore, originally from New York City, was married for half a century to Rosemary Turner Lore. Both barely 21, they met at the faculty club at Bowling Green University; he, a bus boy; she, a waitress. He came from writers and rabble rousers who lived in the Big Apple; she was the first in her family to go to college, leaving behind her roots in the Appalachian mountains. She said he always made her laugh. They restored their century-old home in Newark and dubbed it, "Folk Lore Farm." Their gifts to each other were maddeningly practical – one year, David gave a barn light to Rosemary; another year, she gave him a rental back-hoe to dig out the farm's septic line. When Rosemary had a stroke at 55, he was her dutiful caregiver until her death 17 years later. (In a final act of love, he ordered birthday flowers for her grave three days before he died. Her birthday was Jan. 21.) As a father, and later, a grandfather, he was a soft touch. After joining his daughter's Atlanta household in 2013, he navigated three grandchildren, three dogs, two guinea pigs and one macaw with amazing grace. He kept 7 Up in his mini-fridge for the kids, but refused to tamp down his chess strategies for their self-esteem. He was horrendous at all things mechanical, earning him a Christmas mug that said, "If it's not broke, 'fix' it until it is." Lore served as a lieutenant in the Army, and later in life, became a member of the Granville Friends Meeting. When he retired, he joined Licking County Pro-Active Citizens. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Turner Lore, and their baby daughter Elizabeth Jean Lore, his mother Jean Gilman Lore and his father Karl Lore (later changed to Leonard Carlton), his half-brother Richard Lore, and half-sister Tania Carlton. He is survived by his daughter, Diane Pauline Lore, son-in-law, Richard Michael Ross; and grandchildren, Ian Leslie Wrifford, David Edward Ross, and Emily Rose Ross; his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Sandra Lore; brother-in-law, Clarence Turner; and many loving nieces and nephews. A family graveside service will be held Friday in Carey, Ohio. Public visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus; and a celebration of life will immediately follow from 3-4 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage donations in Lore's memory to Vox Teen Communications, (voxatl.com), a media program for future journalists and writers. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2018
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