Heart attack claims longtime Pacific Northwest journalist

Oregonian editorial page editor and former Gresham Outlook publisher Robert Caldwell died of a heart attack Saturday at age 63.

The Oregonian announced the death Saturday in an online story. It said Caldwell first came to the newspaper as a copy editor in 1983 and held the positions of regional editor and metro editor before being named editorial board editor in 1995.

Upon learning of his death, Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said, 'I am deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Caldwell. I have appreciated Bob's leadership of The Oregonian editorial pages for many years, from my time at the World Affairs Council of Oregon hosting foreign delegations to my service in the Oregon House and the U.S. Senate. Bob brought enormous insights to state, national, and international issues. He was a giant in Oregon media, an outstanding journalist, and the state of Oregon will miss him deeply. Mary and I will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.'

Caldwell graduated from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree in 1972. He worked at several newspapers in the Pacific Northwest before being hired by the Oregonian, including the Eugene Register-Guard, the Albany Democrat-Herald, the Springfield News and The Outlook. He was a longtime, former Gresham resident.

The Oregonian story noted the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2006 while Caldwell was editorial page editor. He is survived by his wife, Lora Cuykendall; three daughters, Beth, Kate and Ellie Caldwell; his mother, Barbara of La Grande; and brothers, Mike of Salem, Kevin of Salem, Pete of La Grande and Pat of Fruitland, Idaho.

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