The Columbus Dispatch reported late on Oct. 13, 2010, the death of Mike Harden at the age of 64. Details are found in this updated article, written by the NSNC’s Joe Blundo. The obituary has links to several of his columns and a selection of pictures.
Mike was one of the earliest members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was a friend to all of us, and a mentor to many.
Mike was the 2007 recipient of the society’s Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for sustained work in civic journalism producing tangible benefits for the community. He hosted the society’s 1992 conference in Columbus and had been a newsletter editor for the group.
Mike was a champion of Ernie Pyle. At our most recent annual conference, in July 2010 in Bloomington, Ind., Mike moderated a panel discussion on the acclaimed early 20th-century columnist. Audience members received copies of On a Wing and a Prayer: The Aviation Columns of Ernie Pyle, which Mike co-edited. The NSNC’s YouTube channel has a snippet of Mike during this discussion.
The society gives its deepest condolences to Mike’s family.
The following information is from the Dispatch:
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Liberty Presbyterian Church, 7080 Olentangy River Road, Delaware, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers in his memory, the family suggests donations to St. Stephen’s Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43219. Arrangements are by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High St. in Worthington.