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GELADAS, James

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GELADAS, James (Unknown--Lakeland, FL, Oct. 2, 2001) Geladas worked for the TELEGRAPH HERALD for thirty years. He began as assistant managing editor and then became managing editor and finally special projects director. He retired in 1987 and moved to South Padre Island, Texas. (1)

During his years with the Telegraph Herald, Geladas found one of his most personally rewarding experiences in helping to establish the Leadership Institute as a time in 1982 when Dubuque was coming out of one of its hardest economic times and the "well" of leaders had "gone dry." The Institute consisted of 12 or 13 weekly sessions for those wishing to become effective leaders and rewarded those who excelled. (2)

Geladas was also involved in establishing the DUBUQUE BUSINESS HALL OF FAME which honored local and national business leaders. He also served as founding chairman of the board and then chairman of the board from the NATIONAL RIVERS HALL OF FAME. He was also involved in activities with the Iowa Communications Council, DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MERCY HEALTH CENTER and CLARKE COLLEGE. (3)

The National Press Photographers' Association named Geladas "editor of the year" in 1963. He received the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award in 1986. (4) In 1997 Geladas was the recipient of the National Press Photographers' Association most prestigious honor, the Sprague Award, for lifetime achievement. (5)

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Source:

1. Chanaud, Timothy. "Community Leader Retires to Texas," Telegraph Herald, January 4, 1987, p. 3

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Cooper, Brian. "Newspaper Visionary Geladas Dies," Telegraph Herald, October 4, 2001, p. 1A

5. Front page of the November 11, 2008 Telegraph Herald