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Subject: Paul C. Jagnow - son of Ola B. Hatton Jagnow
Author: Contribution
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Classification: Obituary

CANFIELD, Ohio – Paul C. Jagnow, a journalist in the grand tradition of H.L. Mencken and other notable scholars of American English, died Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Youngstown, Ohio Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Jagnow, 77, dedicated his life to The Vindicator, in particular, and newspapers, in general. His bible in the newsroom was “The Elements of Style,” co-authored by the famous American writer E.B. White, using the prescriptive American writing style guide to fine-tune stories submitted by reporters under his care. He taught many a budding journalist to love the written word and to believe that newspapers are the lifeblood of a free, democratic society.

Mr. Jagnow was born July 8, 1940, in Ravenna, Ohio (Portage County) a son of Melvin P. and Ola B. (Hatton) Jagnow.

He was a 1958 graduate of Ravenna High School, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Cortland Lodge 529 Free and Accepted Masons and the Mahoning Consistory. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

One of his passions in life was skeet shooting, a sport in which he excelled and won many championships.

Mr. Jagnow was co-author of “These Hundred Years,” a book that chronicled the triumphs and failures of the men, women and institutions in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys through The Vindicator’s news pages. It was published in 2000.

After his military service, he began his career with The Vindicator’s sports department as a part-time freelance photographer. He compiled box scores and performed other odd jobs on nights and weekends while attending classes at Youngstown State University.

A consummate newsman and wordsmith, he joined The Vindicator as a full-time employee in June 1960 and was assigned to the paper’s Warren news bureau. In 1965, he was reassigned to the Youngstown office to cover eastern Trumbull County and later, the transportation beat and general assignments.

In 1971, Mr. Jagnow was promoted to assistant state editor, handling all news-gathering outside the immediate Youngstown area. He became a rewrite man assigned to the city desk in 1975.
In August 1976, he was promoted to assistant city editor.

In April 1981, Mr. Jagnow was named the paper’s city editor, and five years later was appointed managing editor-news. He retained that position until his retirement in 2006.

Mr. Jagnow, working with the publisher of The Vindicator, redesigned the newspaper in 1984, converting it to a six-column format. He oversaw the team that worked with famed newspaper designer Robert Lockwood in the 1990 newspaper redesign, which modernized The Vindicator’s look and philosophy.

A lover of typography, he tweaked the look and fonts of the paper in 2001.

After his retirement in 2006, he assisted Vindicator Graphic Arts Director Robert McFerren with the 2010 redesign, modifying the entire paper for the newspaper’s new printing press.

His skills and talents have left an indelible imprint on The Vindicator. He will be missed by family and friends.

Besides his wife, the former Betty J.H. Brown, whom he married in March 1986, he leaves a stepson, Mark A. Brown, general manager of The Vindicator.

Paul Jagnow also leaves current and former Vindicator editorial staff members, some of whom will remember him fondly, while others will curse him under their breaths while acknowledging his influence on their careers as journalists.

He would have it no other way.

There are no calling hours or services. Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home in Youngstown.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Youngstown State University’s Maag Library, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter.
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