The Herald Publishing Co., is at once delighted and disheartened to announce that Maureen Tooley is retiring. Her last day is Friday, Aug. 29.
Maureen’s leaving marks the end of an era for The Herald.
“I will miss her, it’s definitely a milestone for The Herald, having her retire,” Associate Publisher Cindy Jo Tooley-Harrison said. “I look forward to seeing her on the ‘golf tour’ and wish her the best.”
Maureen joined The Herald family in 1961, working alongside her husband, Robert Tooley.
In 1970, Robert, along with his brother, Mike Tooley, were named co-publishers by their father, Paul O. Tooley, founder of the then-Hot Springs Herald.
The Tooley brothers – Robert, who passed away in 1998, and Mike– are often cited as being synonymous with The Herald.
The same goes for Maureen, who grew up in Cutter in eastern Sierra County, graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1959, and attended Western New Mexico University before marrying Robert in 1961 and joining The Herald front office staff.
In the hard-charging, sometimes gruff world of weekly newspaper journalism, Maureen stands out as one of the most elegant and classy individuals to ever grace a newsroom. Her steady presence, good-natured humor and inner strength are a credit to the community in general and The Herald in particular.
For Maureen, the sudden loss of her husband, Robert in 1998, and the diagnosis of cancer two years later in 2000, which resulted in the amputation of her right leg, were devastating setbacks to say the least.
But taking a cue from her favorite sport – golf – Maureen isn’t one to toss all her clubs into the lake and call it a day mid-round. She approaches the next shot that life presents calmly, faithfully and with an ironclad will unique to a “Cutter gal.”
In November 1998, some nine months after losing her husband, Maureen was present at the New Mexico Press Association convention during which Robert was inducted posthumously into the New Mexico Press Association Hall of Fame.
The hallmark of the Tooley family members at large is a willingness to volunteer their time and energies making the community a better place to live, and Maureen is no exception. She has served on the school board, golf advisory board and countless civic organizations.
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