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Laurence Neil Krause, publisher, dies
Publisher of the
Chronicle printed news of the city's neighborhoods and had an interest in minerals Baltimore
By Jacques Kelly, The
11:22 PM EDT, June 4, 2010
Laurence Neil Krause, who founded, edited and published a series of community newspapers, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 65 and lived in
He taught middle school social studies in the
"He chafed at the bureaucracy of the public education system and, when the opportunity arose to buy an old-time printing business on
His City Dweller made its debut in April 1973. "Larry found that many people wanted to write, but few were able or willing to sell the advertisements needed to keep the paper afloat, so he stepped into that role," his wife said. "He said that very early on, he realized how difficult publishing an urban community paper would be, but he also realized that this might be the great opportunity and challenge of his life."
He continued publishing the paper with the help of local writers and editors. Finally, by default, he became the editor himself.
"Larry was committed to
Mr. Hooke recalled that the editor encouraged him and passed on tickets to events at the Lyric Opera House and to musical performances.
In 1976, his future wife bought into the newspaper. The couple, who married in 1982, changed their publication's name to the
His wife said that Community Development Block Grants made it possible for struggling community merchants associations to advertise, and they founded two other newspapers, The
Mr. Krause worked with a progression of high school and college interns. He credited the merchants of Hampden with making the newspaper's continued existence possible, even though some of them disagreed with his forthright progressive editorials and his anti-war stance rooted in his Quaker beliefs.
In 1982, Mr. Krause initiated a magazine, The
Mr. Krause also had an interest in minerals and had a sideline company, Octahedron Minerals. For nearly 30 years he participated in mineral shows sponsored by gem and lapidary clubs.
"Minerals reflected his love of beautiful things and his appreciation for life," his wife said. "He composed poetry and took nature photographs, especially of trees."
Mr. Krause, whose family was Jewish, developed an affinity for Quakers. He was a founder, along with the late Helen Hollingsworth, of the Arts & Peace Festival, held annually for several years during the 1980s.
His last print ventures ended in 2003, but he remained active in the nonprofit
Mr. Krause was a past president of the
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. June 19 at Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse,
In addition to his wife, Mr. Krause is survived by a stepson, Mitchell Strohminger of
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