STOLBERG, David Fox David Fox Stolberg passed away peacefully on May 24, 2011 in the arms of his wife, Laura Papallo Stolberg at Southington Care Center, where he had spent the past three and a half years. Born October 10, 1927, David enlisted in the Korean War and there began his 43 year journalistic career by squiring around Joe DiMaggio, whose autographed picture hung over his hospital bed right next to his Mother and Father. David retired from The E.W. Scripps Company in 1990 after 38 years with the company's newspaper division, where in his position as Assistant General Editorial Manager, he influenced the quality of news content across the country. A New York City native, David attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before beginning his career with Scripps, which took him to Denver, Canada, Europe (including Sweden, where he covered the Nobel ceremonies), Washington, D.C., New York City and Cincinnati. David won honors for his reporting, was elected secretary of the National Press Club while in Washington, and was appointed to the Scripps Howard Foundation board. He founded the Society of Environmental Journalism, and in his name the SEJ annually honors outstanding service in this field. Soon after his retirement, his wife of 45 years, Ann Brandt Stolberg, passed away. He remained active in his Northern Kentucky community and was honored as an outstanding citizen by the Friends of Covington. David traveled in Italy, and it was in Florence that he met his future wife, Laura. They were married in 1996 and moved to Spring Lake Village Condominiums in Southington, where David quickly became a beloved member of the Papallo family and the community. David's love of life and his fellow-man were evident in all his endeavors. His favorite expression was "Life is a banquet and most people are starving". And he would roll up his sleeves and prepare a banquet for them. He enriched the lives of all who knew him. David is survived by his wife Laura and his daughter, Mary Stolberg. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church, Plantsville. Burial will be private. Please send flowers directly to the church. Donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Summer St., Plantsville, CT 06479 or to the Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, CT 06489 to honor the wonderful staff who so lovingly cared for David these past three and a half years. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington is assisting the family with the arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiafh.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant on May 27, 2011