A former newspaper publisher heavily involved in community service in the Santa Maria Valley was recalled at the end of the Santa Maria City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Cynthia Schur, 65, former editor of the Santa Maria Times, died July 12 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Before adjourning the council meeting, Mayor Alice Patino highlighted the loss of “a woman who was very, very special to so many of us in the Valley – Cynthia Schur.
“When Cynthia took over the newspaper here, I think we saw a big change. It was about the community. She was very involved in the community. She loved Santa Maria and did so much to contribute to it,” Patino said.
She also noted the Schur’s role in supporting the Day of Hope journal, an effort by Dignity Health to raise money for patients at the Mission Hope Cancer Center, with this year’s event, the ninth, scheduled for July 17. august.
Patino said Schur was “participating in this”, at a time when newspapers in other communities were not supporting similar efforts.
“She was such a great leader for women in our community, and we know she will be missed – a very, very wonderful woman,” the mayor added.
Allan Hancock College leaders remembered Schur’s support in launching the Hancock Promise program to provide free tuition to recent high school graduates in the Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez and Cuyama valleys.
“His impact in the community and his quick wit will be missed,” said Jon Hooten, executive director of academic advancement at AHC. “She was one of a kind.”
Schur served for 16 years as publisher of the Santa Maria Times and its local sister papers, arriving in 2003 after a period of turmoil among company executives and becoming the first woman to run the paper permanently.
She previously worked in advertising sales in Orange County, then ran The Garden Island newspaper in Kauai, Hawaii, as president and publisher from 1998 to 2003.
After leaving the newspaper business at the end of 2019, Schur was then appointed marketing representative for S. Lombardi & Associates in San Luis Obispo.
For about 14 years, Schur served on the board of the California News Publishers Association.
She had been involved in community service, serving on the boards of the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Allan Hancock College Foundation, and Domestic Violence. Solutions.
Schur was active in the Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Club and served as president from 2019-2020. She later served as zone governor for the local Rotary district.
Funeral arrangements were on hold, with arrangements being handled by the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.