Tributes for Dallas journalism icon Burl Osborne



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Posted on August 25, 2012 at 3:15 AM

DALLAS — Burl Osborne lived to tell stories, and to find the truth. He's being called one of of the finest journalists of his generation.

For 20 years with The Dallas Morning News, he set the benchmark for newspapers nationwide.

Osborne was remembered fondly by family, friends and business associates during a memorial Friday at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

He was lauded as a father, grandfather, husband, and respected journalist who set standards and broke barriers.

As longtime publisher and editor of The Dallas Morning News, Osborne dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the pursuit of truth.

"Burl was intensely competitive," said Robert Decherd, chairman, president and chief executive of A.H. Belo Corp, parent company of the News. "You don't get a name like 'Burl Dog' by standing idly by."

It's with that gusto that Osborne approached life. He was one of the first kidney recipients around, and he helped the News win multiple Pulitzer Prize awards.

"We miss you, partner," said retired News publisher Frank Daniels Jr. "We won't forget all you did to further the search of truth through journalism."

Osborne loved to share his knowledge with generations of aspiring journalists, hoping to light a fire.

"He was sharp, witty, and experienced," SMU President Gerald Turner noted. "Students loved to hear him talk about the real world of journalism."

(13:47) you are probably wondering why a chef is standing up here holding a guitar

Noted Dallas chef Dean Fearing played Texas tunes at the memorial at the request of Osborne's wife, Betty —  a tribute to his love for this great state and for his family.

"Dad lived a wondrous and improbably long life," said Osborne's son, Jonathan Osborne. "He always told me to strive to leave a place better than you found it. Well, Dad, the universe is certainly a better place because of Burl Osborne. Well done. We love you, and we miss you."

Osborne was 75 years old. He leaves behind a wife, son, and grandson.