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38 TEXAS ALMANAC -1949-1950
His first position of full responsibility as
department head came to Mr. Dealey with
establishment of The Dallas News, of which
he was made business manager In 1894 he
became general manager of the Galx eston
publication's North Texas branch which was
apidly growing to such size and prestige
that it rivaled the mother organization Sub-
sequently, in 1901, with the death of Colonel
Belo, he became vice-president and general
Colonel Belo was succeeded in the presi-
dency by his son, Alfred H. Belo Jr Upon
the death of the younger Belo in 1906, Mrs.
Nettle Ennis Eelo. widow of Colonel Belo,
became nominal president and her brother-in-
law, C. Lombardi became vice-president. suc-
ceeding to the presidency when Mrs Belo
died in 1913. and serving until his death in
In 1920 Mr Dealey became president of the
corporation and its chief executive in title as
well as in fact. At about this time, in a gen
eral reorganization, the controlling interest
of The News passed into his hands. In 1940
Mr. Dealey turned the presidency over to his
son E. M (Ted) Dealey, and became chair-
man of the board of directors.
This did not mean his retirement or even
semiretirement, hoeier. Until the day of his
death he ias actie in the affairs of The
News A kindly and indulgent chief execu-
tive, who believed in delegating authority
and responsibility to his department heads
he always kept intimately in touch with
every detail of operation It was his daily
practice to rise early in the morning read
The News from cover toin cover, arrix e at the
office by 9 30 or 10 and. Nith the exception
of a brief space at lunch which he usually
ate in The News' lunchroom for its em-
ployees, he stayed in his office until 5 30 or
6 in the evening Such a full day of attention
to duties was spent exent on Feb 25, 1946.
the day before his sudden death on th le morn-
ing of Feb 26. Death came at the age of 86
and after a continuous service of seventy-one
years and a little more than four months
With the death of Mr Dealey min 1946, his
widow Mrs G B Dealey succeeded him as
chairman of the board
The chief interests and actix cities of Mr.
Dealey's life, however, were beyond the walls
of The Dallas NeCs. He believed, indeed, that
a newspaper should be run primarily in the
service of the people-for their advancement
economically, ciically and culturally. He was
a leader in many movements for reform and
betterment in his city and state.
He was especially interested in city plan-
ning and as instrumental in bringing George
E Kessler. fist city plan engineer, to Dallas.
"Make a town a good place to lixe in and it
ixon't haxe to xorry vhen the census taker
comes around," he used to say.
He was a leader in such indi dual cisic
enterprises as the establishment of the State
Fair of Texas. building the Dallas Union
Passenger Terminal, the acquisition of the
Federa: Reserve Bank establishment of
Southern Methodist Uni\ersity and the many
projects of the city plan program including
,emoval of railway tracks from the heart of
the city, establishment of parks and improve-
ment of the public school system
He was a sponsor of the Dallas Com-
munity Trust and \was especially interested
in the upbuilding of the Texas Cl ldren's Hos-
pital. He was also a guiding hand of the
Richmond Freeman Memorial Hiome for Chil-
dren For many years he ,ei ed a, chairman
of the board of trustee, of the \N estminster
Presbyterian Church of Dallas where he was
a devout attendant and worshiper until the
day of his death. Always interested in Mason-
ry, he was a Shriner, Knight Templar, mem-
ber of the Red Cross of Constantine and a
thirty-third-degree honorary member of the
These intensive intramural activities with
his corporation and extramural interests in
the affairs of the city, state and nation did
not keep him from being a devoted husband
and father. At about the age of twenty-five he
met Miss Olivia Allen, daughter of a Mis-
souri publisher, at a newspaper gathering in
Galveston. They were married in 1884, the
year before The Dallas News was established.
Of the five children, four are living. There
are eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-
grandcnildren. The three daughters are Mrs.
H. B. Decherd, Mrs. Annie Dealey Jackson
and Mrs James M. Moroney, all of Dallas.
His younger son, E. M. (Ted) Dealey, is pres-
ident of the corporation. The elder son, W. A.
Dealey, died Jan. 30, 1934, at the age of 43. At
the time of his death he was vice-presldent of
In this long tenure G. B. Dealey exempli-
fied one of his pet theories. He believed in
w ork and persistence as the means of attain-
ing progress. The theory was expressed in a
homely motto which, among other mottoes.
he kept hanging at numerous places on the
walls of the old building: "Keeping everlast-
ingly at it brings success." He believed in
long tenures for his employees, too. Today,
of about 1,000 people who are on the regular
payroll of The Dallas Morning News and as-
sociated enterprises, approximately 140 have
been in continuous service more than twenty-
Old Faith, New Pledge.
The ideals and objectives of The News are
very much the same today as they were
when Willard Richardson was its directing
head He wrote that it was the purpose of
The News to print the daily chronicle "fully
and impartially" and "to aid in the develop-
ment of the state's human and material re-
Seventy-fixe years later, celebrating its an-
niversary, The News stated editorially
"From its very inception, The News has
manifested in the spirit of its daily message
one single, humble and worthy purpose-to
sit in the car of progress and be a friend of
And in an anniversary editorial of only a
few years ago "To print the day's chronicle
truthfully, fairly and with regard to the
standards of decency, to reason and comment
open-mindedly and objectively; and to work
in all ways possible for the economic and
social advancement of this great city and
region, and for those conditions that make
a greater, happier and freer people. To these
ends it would join hands with all who would
carry on with faith and vision."
The inscription on the front of the new
home of The News,. first spoken by Mr.
Dealey in 1906, carries on in the same spirit
In their new plant with facilities for reach-
ing the people that are beyond the vision of
even the far-seeing Richardson, the owners
and proprietors of The News pledge anew.
with a new determination, to carry on with
the old ideals and purposes.
Present officials of The News are as fol-
lows: Chairman of the board, Mrs. G. B.
Dealey; president, E. M. (Ted) Dealey; vice-
president and secretary, James M. Moroney:
treasurer, R. M. Buchanan. Other members of
the board of directors are George Waverley
Briggs. Martin B Campbell, Leven T. Dep-
uty. Jack Estes, Joe A. Lubben and Harry C.
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