Marilyn Beck Olson Kessler, former co-owner, co-publisher and co-editor of The Ark in Tiburon, died Nov. 9, 2018, at a hospice facility in Springfield, Mo., the newspaper reports. She was 85.
Kessler began as a writer and editor at The Ark in the 1970s, when it was owned by James B. McClatchy, and later became a co-editor with Barbara Gnoss, who originally was an Ark freelancer.
“The two women talked McClatchy into a pioneering arrangement — letting them job-share by rotating the duties of editor between them every four months,” The Ark’s obituary said. “The rotation allowed the off-duty partner extended periods of time for travel and ensured each could have alternating Christmas holidays off with their families.
“McClatchy was dubious, but the arrangement worked, and the two women kept it in place even after they bought the paper from McClatchy in 1987.”
Gnoss died in 2009. The Ark is now owned by Alison T. Gray and Arthur H. Kern.