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Penfield Books Editor, Dorothy Anne Crum, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. For over three decades she edited over 100 of our titles.
Dorothy was born in Lovilla, Iowa, to Stanley Charles Papich and Catherine Jakovich Papich. She graduated from Ottumwa Heights Academy and Marycrest College, where her interests and majors included philosophy, creative writing and ethics. Following formal study Dorothy worked as an English teacher in Des Moines and for the Iowa Department of Public Health. She met her husband of more than 50 years, Don Crum, during this time. After residing in both St. Louis, Mo., and Dubuque, Iowa, Dorothy and Don settled in Iowa City, where they spent more than 40 years as active community members.
While her two children, Donald Nicholas Crum and Poppy Anne Carrie Crum, were young, Dorothy devoted her time to helping build community efforts and providing volunteer support during nascent stages of development to many significant Iowa City organizations, including The Preucil School of Music, Project Green, the Iowa City Community Theatre and the University of Iowa Swim Team to name a few.
After her children completed elementary school, Dorothy returned to her love of words and rhetoric. She began an active business as an editor and providing graphic layout to scientific journals and local magazines, including Iowa Woman and Penfield Press aka Penfield Books. Dorothy’s relationship with the founder of Penfield Press, Joan Liffring-Zug-Bourret, included a great friendship and a working relationship that spanned nearly 30 years and a diverse world of content. Dorothy’s savvy with words is captured as she edited all titles published by Penfield Press.
Dorothy is survived by her two children, Donald Nicholas Crum of Rock Island, Ill., and Poppy Anne Carrie Crum of San Francisco, Calif.; her granddaughter, Hanna Vance-Crum of Iowa City; and her eldest brother, Stanley D. Papich of Bloomington, N.Y., who all greatly miss her love, creativity and intellect.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald M. Crum; an infant son, Christian Crum; an older brother, William Papich; and her parents, Stanley C. Papich and Catherine J. Papich.
Published Dec. 22, 2013, in The Gazette
Wonderful review for Augusta’s Daughter
Joy Lintelman of Concordia College has written an excellent review of Augusta’s Daughter, a wonderful novel by Judit Martin. Thank you to Heather Hawley, associate director of H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews, for letting us know about this review.
To read the review, go to:
We had the pleasure of publishing Judit’s novel about nineteen-century Swedish peasant life and also hosting a visit by her to Iowa last year. Judit was born in the United States but has lived her adult life in Sweden. Penfield also has a collection of Judit’s short stories, Swedish Portraits: Five Short Stories, and The Bridge, a novella.
Losing Julie Jensen McDonald
Our good friend and talented writer Julie Jensen McDonald, of Davenport, Iowa, died November 25, 2013.
Julie first worked with me for The Iowan magazine in the 1960s and then contributed prize-winning titles for our publishing company. Her title Delectable Danish: Recipes and Traditions was first published in the 1980s and was revised in 2013 as Danish Touches. This fall, we released Julie’s earlier book of Scandinavian Proverbs for new life as Scandinavian Wit & Wisdom co-authored with David W. Wright of Decorah.
Forever Danish, also published by Penfield Books, details Julie’s Danish heritage from western Iowa.
We are grateful for Julie sharing her heritage and her writing with Penfield readers. Julie and my late husband, John Zug, edited My Brother, Grant Wood by Nan Wood Graham.
Julie and I collaborated in producing Grant Wood and Little Sister Nan: Essays and Remembrances. Of special note is her chapter “Life with Edward,” Nan’s restless husband, and the chapter “Grant Wood Slept Here.”
All of these Grant Wood titles are available from Penfield Books.