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May 3, 2014

Georgia Press Association to honor Mark Pace

Venerable newsman Mark Pace amassed plenty of accolades during his 37 years as editor of the Dalton newspaper and many more after he “retired” from the newspaper business.

He was named “Man of the Year in Dalton” in 1955. In 1957, he was recognized as a leading editorial page columnist in a program sponsored by the Georgia Press Association. In 2011, he had the dual honor of being inducted into the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame and was feted as the Family Support Council’s “Toast of the Town.”

Soon he will add another accolade — just a few weeks before his 100th birthday.

Pace will be inducted into The Georgia Press Association (GPA) Golden Club on June 5. The honor recognizes those who have worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years or more. The Golden Club began inducting members in 1964 and now boasts more than 100 honorees.

“A minimum of 40 years of service must have been in the state of Georgia and the applicant must have shown a continuous commitment to the industry,” according to the GPA. “The individual may have been employed in any facet of the industry, including production, editorial, circulation and advertising.”

Pace began his journalism career as a freshman in high school in Wauchula, Fla., when he became editor of the school newspaper. He worked for 37 years as the editor of the Dalton News, the Dalton Citizen and later The Daily Citizen after the newspapers combined, before retiring from the newspaper in 1982. For several years he was a columnist for the newspaper’s Lifestyles section. He is the editor emeritus of The Daily Citizen.

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