The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 334
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Continuing his revelation of Dealey's most heartfelt convic-
tions, the same source declared that he believed both sides of
any controversy should receive equal treatment in the news
columns, "and that any editorial bias should be reserved for
the editorial page. He would never have worked for any paper
that could have been dominated or even influenced by outside
forces, unless those forces brought to his attention matters for
the public good which otherwise might have been overlooked
by the busiest mind. He considered it a privilege to be the
publisher of a newspaper. He considered it as high a calling
as there is in the world."
The honors and awards which accrued to Dealey over the
years from fellow-members of the newspaper craft testified to
the great esteem in which he was held. He took these tributes
in the same measured, poised stride with which he faced both
personal tragedies and triumphs. A gentleman of "the old
school," he was gravely courteous to all, irrespective of rank or
station in life. He had a sense of humor which he never spared
turning upon himself when he felt that his ego required the
corrective of laughter or a smile. Of slightly more than medium
height and build, he carried himself with unpretentious and
friendly dignity. He was social by nature and enjoyed attending
gatherings of his fellow-citizens, whether as guest of honor,
presiding officer, or merely one of the group. The high color
of his complexion contrasted sharply in his later years with his
carefully groomed white hair and mustache. He was punctilious
in dress as in speech. An oil portrait by Douglas Chandor made
in the latter years of his life captures a high degree of veri-
similitude to both the physical appearance and spiritual qualities
of one who was known at the time of his death on February 26,
1946, as the dean of American journalism and as the first
citizen of Texas.
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