Arthur H. Zalkan, an award-winning reporter for the Springfield Newspapers for nearly four decades, died June 9 in Sacramento, Calif. He was the widower of Barbara Freeman Zalkan. Born in Bangor, ME, he was the son of the late Elsie Zalkan Stern and Ralph C. Zalkan. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1952. After serving as a paratrooper and medic in the U.S. Army’s 11th Airborne Division, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1961 with a BA in biology.  At Orono, he was sports editor for the campus newspaper and yearbook, and a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. After graduation, he worked for several newspapers before landing a job at the Springfield Newspapers in 1962, where he would work until retirement in 1996. As a reporter, he covered local police and fire departments, labor unions, and wrote a weekly local interest column called “Just Folks” for many years. In 1968, the National Highway Safety Council recognized him with an award for a series of articles he wrote about motorist safety. The Massachusetts American Legion also cited him for a series about closing the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke during the 1970s. In 1980, he received the Heimlich Medal for saving the life of a choking victim. He was also recognized by the Western Massachusetts Lung Association for the achievement. For nearly 20 years, he worked as a lecturer for Weight Watchers International, conducting meetings throughout Western Mass. He belonged to the Samuel D. Sherwood Masonic Lodge and served as its worshipful master in 1973. He was a member of Sinai Temple in Springfield. He is survived by three children, Brett, of Seattle, Wash., Marilyn Clark, of Woodland, Calif., and Ira, of Jacksonville, Fla; three grandchildren, Joshua and Matthew Zalkan of Jacksonville, and Sofia Zalkan of Seattle. Memorial contributions can be made to the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St., Sacramento, CA 95818, ; or to the Springfield Rescue Mission, 19 Bliss St., P.O. Box 9045, Springfield, MA 01102, ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME


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