But her family made certain that she’s known to a new generation of journalists in her adopted home of Lorain County by endowing an annual awards program in her name recognizing the paper’s best newspaper work of the year.
This year, the ceremony – held Friday at the Elyria Country Club – grew to include The Chronicle’s sister paper, The Medina Gazette, which partially is produced at The Chronicle.
Arnold Miller, former managing editor of The Chronicle, handled the judging, and the ceremony was attended by Gus Robbins, Cordelia’s brother, who flew in for the day in honor of his sister.
The award winners are pictured on B2.
This year’s winners are:
Best news story:
Lisa Roberson, first place for a deadline story summarizing the more than 330 pages of the audit of the Elyria Fire Department.
Cindy Leise, second place for a story of the dramatic rescue of a man trapped in a crane that another vehicle crashed into on a Lorain road.
Brad Dicken, third place for his first-hand account of the execution of Daniel Wilson, who was sentenced to death for the slaying of an Elyria woman.
Brad Dicken, honorable mention for the story of a judge’s wife who fought back against some teens who walked into her home by clubbing them with an Emeril Lagasse pan.
Best feature story:
Scott Petrak, first place for a story in this year’s football preview about Avon and how the football program evolved there as the community grew.
Cindy Leise, second place for a story about Toni Morrison’s visit to dedicate a bench in Oberlin to slaves.
Lisa Roberson, honorable mention for a story about the one-year anniversary of the fire at General Industries.
Rona Proudfoot, honorable mention for a package of stories about the Easter basket at Lakeview Park and its role in Lorain history.
Best news photo:
Chuck Humel, first place for shots of Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen after they were acquitted of charges that they sexually abused young children.
Steve Manheim, second place for pictures of Lorain County Community College on the day a fire ripped through tunnels beneath it and left many buildings damaged by smoke.
Best feature photo:
Steve Manheim, first place for an Avon Lake principal who got his head sheared after his a bet with his students.
Chuck Humel, second place for a picture of two horses that appeared to be gossiping with one another.
Chuck Humel, honorable mention for a Page 1 package and an inside photo page of two brothers affected by a rare genetic disorder.
Ben Nagy, first place for, “She’s resigning? You betcha” for a story about Sarah Palin leaving her job as Alaska’s governor.
Kevin Aprile, second place for “No play like Holmes” for the Super Bowl play of Santonio Holmes.
Ben Nagy, honorable mention for “Beauty and the Beacon,” for a story about a former beauty queen who got involved in a fundraising effort to support the Lorain lighthouse.