MORROW Paula Clark Morrow died of heart failure at the age of 100 on February 10, 2013, at her home in Key Largo. A trail blazer, devoted to women's rights, Paula was the second woman to enroll at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1930. After receiving a bachelor's degree with a major in journalism, she served as a reporter for the Miami Daily News from 1936 through 1941. Thereafter she worked for the Salt Lake City Tribune and the Associated Press. She began work at the Miami Herald as a reporter having a desk next to Henry Reno, and was later promoted to the Herald's Sunday editor. As the first woman admitted to the National Association of Sunday Newspaper Editors, she went on to serve as President of that organization. Paula had a strong work ethic. Employed for the last twenty years of her career as Public Relations Director of the Hartford Courant, with Herculean promotional outreach efforts she doubled the Courant's circulation. She also served on the Board of Education and Democratic Town Committee in her home town, Harwinton, Connecticut. Moving to Key Largo in 1976, Paula worked as a "stringer" reporter covering the Upper Keys for the Miami Herald. She was active in the Friends of the Key Largo Library and the Bureau of Professional Women for whom she published a newsletter. A true bibliophile, she volunteered at the Key Largo Library's gift shop for many years. She was also a member of the Purple Isle art guild. Paula is perhaps best known in Key Largo as the founder in March of 2000 of the Senior Group, sponsored by the Friends of the Key Largo Library. For the past thirteen years, she served as the Senior Group's publicist while also helping her co-chair, Kathy Gong, recruit speakers for the Senior Group's Monday morning speakers program. Paula is survived by two children -- a son, William Clark and a daughter, Betty Clark, who resides in Key Largo. She also leaves her beloved daughter-in-law, Sandra Andre, and two cherished grandsons, William Clark and Brian Clark, three great-grand daughters, two nieces and two nephews. She maintained close relations with her family. A celebration of Paula's life will take place at the Key Largo Civic Club Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11 A.M.
Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Feb. 15, 2013