Willis A. Lansden

Inducted: 1980

WILLIS A. LANSDEN (1912-1986) typified the country editor who built both a community and its newspaper. He began work on the Beaver (OK) Herald Democrat in 1937, purchased it in 1944, and made it into one of the state’s best community newspapers. He served on numerous local and regional leadership boards and groups. He was president of the Northwest Oklahoma Press in 1957-58 and the Oklahoma Press Association in 1968-69.