Marilyn Kessler, former publisher, editor of The Ark left impact on community
Marilyn Beck Olson Kessler, the award-winning former co-owner, co-publisher and co-editor of The Ark, died Nov. 9 at a hospice facility in Springfield, Mo., following treatment for a broken leg after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 85. She began writing and editing news stories for The Ark - then owned independently by Tiburon resident James B. McClatchy of McClatchy publishing company fame - in the mid-1970s, covering the school board and writing features under then-editor Brad Breithaupt while also holding down a job as a substitute teacher in Sausalito and Mill Valley.
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