Longtime Hillsboro publisher inducted into Hall of Fame

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The late Kenneth “Bud” Bruce, publisher of the Hillsboro Star-Journal from 1954-88, was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame during the Kansas Press Association convention Friday in Topeka.

Bruce, who was born in 1914 in Marquette and died May 22, 1998, at age 84, was KPA’s “historical” inductee for 2003. Ken Bronson was the organization’s “contemporary” inductee.

Web Hawkins, retired publisher of the Osawatomie Graphic and longtime friend of Bud and Marcella Bruce, began his induction speech by hailing Bud Bruce as “a real good man.”

Hawkins said no one embodied Hillsboro like Bruce did, and he credited Bruce for helping to make the community as progressive as it has been through the years-not only by promoting the town through the newspaper but providing leadership for the Marion County Fair Board, local board of education, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Hillsboro Development Corp.

He also noted Bruce’s involvement in Republican Party politics at the county and state levels, which only added to an already full schedule of commitments.

“Bud Bruce attended more meetings than anyone else in this room,” Hawkins said.

In the publishing field, Bruce was KPA president in 1966 and received the association’s Boyd Award for Community Service in 1976.

Bruce was a longtime chairman of KPA’s golf committee, which coordinated the association’s annual golf scramble and tournament. In 2002, the tournament was named in his honor.

On hand to accept the award of induction was Marcella Bruce of Hillsboro, who continues to write a column in the Star-Journal, and the Bruces’ children: Kenneth “Skip” Bruce and wife Lois of Pratt, and Marcia and husband Glenn Wiederstein of Beverly Hills, Fla.

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