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Dear Journalists and
My family: Gary’s
mother Anita, brother Kurt, children Ian, Eric, Christine, and I are writing you
today with a request to help honor my husband Gary Webb. As you might know Gary
died tragically December 9th 2004,at age 49. I have been searching for an
appropriate way to remember and honor him, paying tribute to his great love for
The University of
Missouri School of Journalism, with the help of faculty member Steve Weinberg,
former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors has offered to
host an annual scholarship fund for a promising young student of journalism. I
can think of no better way to honor Gary, to reinforce his journalistic values,
and to celebrate the successes he enjoyed during his career. My children and I
would participate in helping to select the student; this is something to which
we are all very much looking forward to as a way of remembering Gary.
We need to raise $10,000 for the
scholarship to be self-perpetuating. To all you journalists, I know that your
salaries can be tight, but I hope you will consider a donation to honor Gary's
spirit. This scholarship is a way to help others, so that maybe a little bit of
good can come from a terrible sadness.
If you are
interested, please write a check to the University of Missouri-Columbia, and add
to the memo line "Gary Webb Fund."
Send the gift
Missouri School of
102 Neff Hall
Thank you very much
for considering this request, and please don't hesitate to send this email along
to someone who knew Gary, or cared about his work.
Letter" is herein published with the author's permission.
Posted December 31 2006
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