JIM MONROE (1925-2015) blended politics, community service and journalism into a fruitful life. After work on several Oklahoma dailies, he joined the New York City AP Bureau. Then he was executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party before joining the staff of Sen. Fred Harris in Washington. He published the Idabel McCurtain Gazette and held an interest in several other papers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Monroe’s leadership in civic and professional activities and his role as mentor of young journalists have left a lasting contribution.