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Grace amid scandal: A widow’s response

The Oregonian's editorial page editor, 63-year-old Bob Caldwell, died of a heart attack Saturday after a sex act with a 23-year-old college student in her apartment. The newspaper wrote a story about the sordid circumstances.  See story.

It took a lot of courage for his widow to write a response on her Facebook page. Here was her response, according to an NPR story on the scandal.

“To all of our friends and family: “I fear today's news about the circumstances of Bob's death may have caused you more sadness. I apologize on his behalf. Bob was a kind, loving and fair man. He would have understood why The Oregonian needed to print the story and he also would have regretted the anguish that it caused to those he loves — both outside and inside of the newspaper. We love him unconditionally. Thanks to all of you for your loving support.”

If it was your spouse, do you think you could write such a gracious response?


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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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