Dear Family members we share in your loss.
Bill Saxbe was one of those great men who handled power in a gentle way.
I was at my desk in the Urbana Daily Citizen newsroom on the day Indira Ghandi was assasintated.
When I picked up the phone, it was Bill. There was a group of students from Urbana visiting India at the time.
"Chuck, would you like to talk to the students in India?"
"You bet I would"
"Okay, give me a few minutes and I'll call you back" Bill said.
True to his word,as usual, he had the students on the phone. I talked with the students and then Bill got back on the line and asked me if I would like to be the first to interview the new Prime Minister, Raj, Indira's son?"
I was pleased to accept the opportunity.
Again, Mr. Saxbe used his connections to let the people he served most of his life know what was happeningbnbg in the world.
He was a wonderful man to work with and will be missed by all of us.