Thursday, 10 March 2011
Founder of Jewish Telegraph, Vivienne Harris, dies aged 89
March 10, 2011
The founder of the Jewish Telegraph has died at the age of 89.
Vivienne Harris, from Prestwich, started the newspaper from her dining room in Salford with her husband Frank. Despite her age, she had been working as the paper’s financial director right up until last week.
She died on Friday at her home in Broughton Park, Salford.
Vivienne, a grandma of four, oversaw the paper’s expansion from its inception in 1950 to a major force in publishing, with four editions in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow.
Vivienne was also an organiser for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and devoted her life to good causes, including Save the Children and Jewish charities.
She was awarded an MBE for her services to journalism and the community.
Her son Paul, group editor of the Jewish Telegraph, said: "I always said that she had three children – myself, my brother and the Jewish Telegraph.
"The paper was very much her baby and she nurtured it like a child for 60 years. Even in her 90th year, she was devoted to the company. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her."
The couple founded the paper when Frank, a freelance journalist from London, came to Manchester and realised the only Jewish publication was a free-sheet. They established the Jewish Telegraph as a weekly paper and when Frank died in 1979, her son Paul became group editor.
This year, she welcomed Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor and the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to its offices.