Friday, April 24, 2009

Donna Corum, founder of Bakersfield mag, dies


Received an email this morning from Mary Christennson, the Watson-Touchstone Realtor, relating the death yesterday of Donna Corum, co-founder and editor of Bakersfield Magazine. I never knew Donna but always admired the job she and husband Les did with the magazine, which is now 25 years old. In fact, I liked her magazine so much that we created a rival to it, BakersfieldLife magazine, and we compete on friendly terms. Donna and Les know about everybody in town and this will be a blow to their many friends. From Mary's email:

"Donna served as editor and co-publisher with her husband Les, of Bakersfield Magazine, (which, by the way, just turned 25 in 2008). Donna and Les are also our Seven Oaks neighbors... I've known Donna and Les since the '70's and '80's --from my Bakersfield Ad Club and Californian newspaper days...
"Donna faced her illness with a strong will to live, putting up a valiant fight for a very long time... I admired her strength and fortitude and positive attitude so much! Les says Donna was cremated and a service will be held at Hillcrest on Monday, at 2pm, (not sure about the time). She was a sweet lady, a strong, admirable woman, and she will be missed. Say a prayer for Les and their son, Mike.
--mary

2 comments:

Francis said...

I wonder why this wasn't covered in The Californian?

This is a fine blog, Mr. Beene. I found it after googling "Donna Corum".

I wish your family owned publication would have tipped the cap to another family owned publication...

Richard Beene said...

Sorry but I don't know... there was supposed to be an item on Donna's death. Should have been noted.