Former Editor Hollendonner To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

WHEELING – Francis Hollendonner, a former editor of The Intelligencer and publisher of the Parkersburg News and Parkersburg Sentinel, has been elected to the West Virginia Press Association’s Hall of Fame.

Joining Hollendonner in this year’s class is Lyell Clay, former publisher of the Charleston Daily Mail. The two men, both deceased, will be inducted during the West Virginia Press Association’s annual convention, scheduled for Aug. 8-10 at Oglebay Resort.

Election to the Hall of Fame signifies the individual had an “outstanding” career with a West Virginia newspaper, or was a native West Virginian who had an outstanding journalism career outside West Virginia. Candidates become eligible five years after their death.

Both Hollendonner and Clay are being recognized for outstanding careers in West Virginia.

Hollendonner, 1927-2008, was editor of The Intelligencer from 1970-75 and then publisher in Parkersburg from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.

He was a leader in the Parkersburg community and served as a mentor to journalists through his association with the Press Association and the Ogden Newspapers.

Following his retirement, Hollendonner served as a newspaper consultant.

He also was editor at newspapers in Beaver County, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y., and served as secretary-treasurer and a board member of the West Virginia Press Association.

In 2001, the West Virginia Press Association honored Hollendonner with the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award for his service to the newspaper industry and his community.

Hollendonner is survived by his wife Carolyn; son Reed and his wife Arlene; daughter Susan H. Stewart and her husband Bill; and two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and one great-step-grandchild.

Clay, 1923-2007, is best known as a philanthropist, but prior to founding the Clay Foundation, he was publisher of the Charleston Daily Mail.

In 1956, Clay joined the Charleston Daily Mail. Soon after the newspaper formed a joint operation with the Charleston Gazette. Heading the Daily Mail operation, he formed Clay Communications Inc.

In 1987, Lyell and his brother, Buckner Clay, established the Clay Foundation. Among other projects, the foundation supported the Clay Center in Charleston.

Plaques in honor of both men will be mounted in the Hall of Fame room maintained at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism.