Foundation Mourns Former Board Member Lawrence S. "Bo" Connor
The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation Board mourns the passing and celebrates the life of our longtime friend and former board member, Lawrence S. “Bo” Connor.
Bo made many contributions to the Foundation’s mission by enhancing the educations of student journalists, but his enduring passion was for the Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Competition. Along with two friends and fellow board members – Jerry Lyst and Mike Quinn – Bo established the Keating Competition as a tribute to their friend and colleague, renowned Indianapolis Star columnist Tom Keating, who died in 1984 when he was only 45.
Under the sure and dedicated leadership of Jerry, Mike and Bo, the Keating Competition became the premier college writing contest in Indiana and has provided hundreds of young journalists with both unforgettable memories and prize money for top feature writing. Since the competition’s inception, it has awarded roughly $125,000 in cash prizes. Their memorial to a fallen friend has created opportunities for generations of aspiring Hoosier student journalists.
We at the Foundation will miss Bo’s wisdom, but we also will miss his wry wit and his calm and gentle demeanor. Whatever the challenge before them, Bo had a knack – a gift – for reassuring people with his steady presence that everything was going to be all right if they just kept their heads.
Bo died Feb. 28. He was 88.
The thoughts and prayers of the members of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation and the many young people Bo helped along the way are with the members of his family and his many, many other friends.
Rest in peace, Bo.
Congratulations to this year's
Keating competition winners and finalists
Indiana University senior Michael Auslen won the 27th Annual Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Program in Indianapolis on Saturday with a story about a sidewalk DJ entertaining marathon runners.
Auslen, of Arvada, Colo., is a former editor of the Indiana Daily Student. He placed second in the contest two years ago.
The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation sponsors and runs the Keating writing challenge program, which features 10 finalists representing Indiana’s best and sharpest college journalism students.
Auslen’s first-place finish earned him $2,500.
Finishing in second and earning $1,250 was Evan Hoopfer, an IU journalism and philosophy major from Woodburn, Ind. Jessica Contrera of Akron, Ohio, an Ernie Pyle Scholar in journalism at Indiana, earned third place and $750.
Below are the other finalists. For more on the competition, including copies of the all the stories, go to the Keating Awards page.
(Nov. 2, 2014)
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