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Hall of Fame - Lucy B. Crosbie
Lucy B. Crosbie
On April 17, 2012 the Chronicle suffered the truly unfortunate loss of publisher Kevin Crosbie, only four short months after his mother, and former publisher, Lucy B. Crosbie died on January 1, 2012. Both were very well known in Connecticut newspaper circles and regionally.
Lucy B. Crosbie was the great-granddaughter of John A. McDonald, who purchased the weekly Willimantic Enterprise and published the first issue of the Chronicle in 1877. She was the fourth generation of her family to serve as publisher, having succeeded her father, G. Donald Bartlett, her grandfather, George Bartlett, and her great-grandfather. Lucy took over running the Chronicle in 1954 and continued as publisher until 1992. Over the years, she wrote thousands of editorials and articles for the newspaper and was known for her vigorous support of efforts to benefit the civic and economic life of the community.
She was the first woman to serve as president of each of the following newspaper industry organizations: the New England Daily Newspaper Association, the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, the Connecticut Editorial Association, and the United Press Newspapers of Connecticut.
Kevin joined the Chronicle in 1984 and became publisher in 1992, making him the fifth generation of his family to act as publisher. He was a dedicated journalist and worked diligently to preserve community newspapering in central Connecticut. He was described as a hands-on publisher and a forward thinker, constantly implementing innovative ways to make the paper better. His business savvy and nose for news combined to make him one of a kind.
Kevin held several roles in the greater newspaper community, serving as past president for the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association and chairman of the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association’s legislative committee.
Both Crosbies were fierce advocates for the peoples’ right to know and both were active supporters of many causes in the community. Despite trying economic times that continue to take a toll on newspapers around the country, the Crosbies have fought to keep the Chronicle in the family and have done so despite great odds.
Both loved the communities the newspaper covered and both supported, directly and often secretly, many nonprofits and civic organizations.