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Cooper Rollow of Elmhurst remembered as distinguished sports journalist

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT
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Cooper Rollow enjoys the Chicago Lakefront in 2009 with his family. The Elmhurst resident, a distinguished sports journalist who worked for the Chicago Tribune for 35 years, died at the age of 87 on Friday, March 29.

ELMHURST — Herbert Rollow, better known by his sportswriter byline Cooper Rollow, was remembered by friends and family this week as a "gentleman in every sense of the word," his daughter said.

Rollow, who was a distinguished sports editor and reporter employed by the Chicago Tribune for 35 years, died on Friday at the age of 87.

"He was a great guy. He was a man's man," said Sally Hersh of Portland, Ore. "He just loved life. He lived life as fully as possible up until the day he died. I think that's one of his biggest legacies to his kids and his grandchildren."

A longtime Elmhurst resident, he lived with his daughter, Carol Harms, until his death.

"Everybody knew him," Hersh said. "He was very much a part of Elmhurst's history. My parents lived there for decades."

Hersh also recalled Rollow's big sense of humor — and how he "didn't like people to tell him what to do."

Her father covered the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers and the first 32 Super Bowls for the Tribune. His favorite beat was pro football, but he also covered a wide range of sports and the infamous 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where 11 members of Israel's Olympic team were killed by members of the Palestinian group Black September.

"He was very intelligent and outgoing," Hersh said. "He was a quintessential reporter. He was first and foremost a journalist. Sports was his area of expertise."

Rollow also loved music and had perfect pitch. He and his late wife, Marjorie, enjoyed attending Elmhurst's Church of our Saviour.

The family is planning a memorial for May 19.

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