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LOEB, CHARLES HAROLD

LOEB, CHARLES HAROLD

LOEB, CHARLES HAROLD (2 April 1905-21 Aug. 1978) earned the title of "dean of black newsmen" during his 35-year career on the CLEVELAND CALL AND POST. Born in Baton Rouge, La., the son of Leon and Lillian Loeb, he was educated in the New Orleans public schools and attended Howard Univ. Returning to New Orleans, Loeb had a hand in the establishment of 2 black newspapers, the Louisiana Weekly and the Southern News Weekly. During the next few years he also sold advertising for the Amsterdam News in New York and the Atlanta World. He came to Cleveland and in 1933 joined the recently merged Call and Post, where he filled the positions of advertising salesman, reporter, city editor, and finally, managing editor. He married Beulah Franklin in 1943 and left the following year to cover the Southwest Pacific Theater as a war correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. He was 1 of only 2 African American newsmen to cover the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. Loeb served several terms as chairman of the Editorial Society of the NNPA and in 1975 received the Community Service Award of the URBAN LEAGUE OF CLEVELAND. He wrote a history of the FUTURE OUTLOOK LEAGUE entitled The Future Is Yours. In 1956 he conducted an unsuccessful campaign as Republican candidate for Congress, and in 1970 he was appointed to the Cleveland Boxing and Wrestling Commission by Mayor Carl B. Stokes. Loeb was survived by his wife and 2 daughters, Jennie Elbert and Stella Loeb-Munson.