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Tribute to a Friend, a Mentor, a Father

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I am mourning the passing of Everett Groseclose, who was more like a father to me than my own. I met Ev 33 years ago when I was working as an intern at Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

He was the “big boss,” one of the first and best writers of the off-beat stories that appear on the front page of the Journal, and I spoke with him only in passing that summer. The next winter, I answered a blind ad – to a PO box – and my resume ended up on his desk.

He invited me back to New York for an interview, and he later called long-distance to hire me for my first full-time job: I took calls all day from Journal reporters, who dictated their stories as I typed as fast as I could and tried to ask questions and edit their stories along the way.

Ev was a constant coach, adviser and mentor. After seven years working for him, Ev helped me move from editorial to the business side, a foreign place and one usually distrusted by editors. But Ev told me I could do it, and he believed in me.

On the 25th anniversary of my first day working for him (June 4, 1984), I flew to his home in Santa Fe and presented him with an engraved Rolex watch: “Thank you for believing. Rgds, TA.” (Ev’s sign-off was always “Rgds, EG,” the origin of my use of TA.)

He gave me advice whenever I asked, most recently about two months ago when he also shared that his cancer had returned. I loved Ev Groseclose and thank him for everything he allowed me to do for myself simply because he believed in me. My prayers are with his daughters, Kirsten Rose and Megan, and all his family and friends.


23 Comments

  1. ilene sotnick Says:

    I was so touched by your tribute. There are people in our lives that ‘matter’. As much as Everett ‘mattered’ to you, you mattered to him too!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  2. Sam Giberga Says:

    What a great man. I met him on my first fly fishing trip. He was an amazing teacher and clearly figures out what was important in life. Very nice tribute.

    Friday June 10, 2016
  3. Jim Furlong Says:

    Tim–This is a fine personal tribute to Ev, whom I knew as a talented, versatile and always gentlemanly colleague.–Jim

    Friday June 10, 2016
  4. Bob Curtis Says:

    Ev was a fly fishing friend here in Santa Fe. Always strong, an excellent mentor on the water, and the one who caught the fish. He will be missed!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  5. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you. I couldn’t agree more.

    Friday June 10, 2016
  6. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you for sharing that!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  7. Tim Andrews Says:

    We should all be so lucky. Thank you!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  8. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  9. Murray Garrett Says:

    As a 90 year old, I understand the good fortune of the incredible
    people I have met along the path of life. I was touched by Tim’s
    ability to convey his message regarding Ev, who had to be one hell off a guy!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  10. Randy Myers Says:

    Hi Tim –

    Thanks for your touching tribute to Ev. There are so many of us out here who were touched by his warmth, generosity and example. The world is a slightly smaller, sadder place today. As others have said, I’m sure Ev appreciated your friendship every bit as much as you appreciated his.

    Friday June 10, 2016
  11. Tim Andrews Says:

    You are so right. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts as well.

    Friday June 10, 2016
  12. Tim Andrews Says:

    I’m betting you’re a helluva guy as well. Here’s to 90 — and still going strong!

    Friday June 10, 2016
  13. Ron Shafer Says:

    Ev was a friend, a colleague and my boss when he also ran Dow Jones Books. When I was covering housing in the WSJ’s Washington bureau, he suggested I do a home buying book. He promoted the hell out of it, even getting my co-author on the Today Show with Tom Brokaw. Ev was quite a guy. He will be missed.

    Saturday June 11, 2016
  14. Rich Jaroslovsky Says:

    Ev was my first boss; I joined his Cleveland bureau at age 21, straight out of college. A tremendous teacher, a tremendous leader and a tremendous human being.

    Saturday June 11, 2016
  15. Dan Hertzberg Says:

    A very moving tribute, Tim

    Saturday June 11, 2016
  16. Barbara Doroba-Ogg Says:

    For many years we were neighbors of Everett and Suki in Santa Fe. He convinced me that there wasn’t much work involved when he recruited me to serve on the homeowners board with him…little did I know! He was always thoughtful, intelligent, and so pleasant, a real pleasure to be around. He will be missed by many.

    Saturday June 11, 2016
  17. Dawn Nakash Says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your good friend. Thank you for sharing him with those that did not know him and confirming that there are still people in the world like EG.

    Monday June 13, 2016
  18. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you!

    Monday June 13, 2016
  19. Bill Baker Says:

    Everett was a great friend, tennis expert and player and nice person! I met him on the courts in Santa Fe and he never disappointed. Sorry to miss him!

    Tuesday June 14, 2016
  20. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you for sharing that.

    Tuesday June 14, 2016
  21. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you. He deserved no less.

    Tuesday June 14, 2016
  22. Tim Andrews Says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Couldn’t agree more.

    Tuesday June 14, 2016
  23. Tim Andrews Says:

    That sounds just like him! Thank you for your thoughts.

    Tuesday June 14, 2016

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