Calhoun J. "Cal"'s Story
Calhoun J. “Cal” Killeen Jr. of West Newbury, a former editor of the Newburyport Daily News, died Oct. 31 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire. He was 67.
He dealt with many health issues over the years. The cause of death was multiple organ failure, due to a sepsis infection.
Cal was born Sept. 12, 1950 in Quantico, Virginia, the son of Marine Major General Calhoun J. Killeen Sr. and Mary Margaret (White) Killeen. As part of a military family, he lived in many locations in the United States, as well as in Denmark, where -- he often stated proudly -- he was a Danish Boy Scout.
His family returned to the United States and Cal finished high school in Pennsylvania. He went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in English.
Cal moved to Boston and started a long career as a newspaper editor, working at the Boston Globe; the former Essex County papers, including the Beverly Times and Newburyport Daily News, where he was the editor for 21 years; the Portsmouth Herald; and Packet Publications, of Princeton, New Jersey.
He was a talented newsman, with an eye and ear for a good story and compelling writing. He mentored many young reporters with a kind and humorous manner and a sincere desire they succeed in their careers. He was also committed to serving the public through quality journalism. For years, he was active with the New England Newspaper & Press Association.
Cal had also been involved with the community, in part as a member of the Lions Club, Dalton Club, and Newburyport Yacht Club.
He was very proud of his daughters, Kelsey Killeen, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and current graduate student at the University of Michigan, and Kara Killeen, a graduate of the University of St. Andrews who continues to live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Cal was a resident of West Newbury for 30 years, and up until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Wendy Dore Killeen; his two daughters; a brother, Kevin Killeen of Connecticut; a sister, Dr. Amy Killeen of Maryland; many in-laws and nieces and nephews. His parents predeceased him.
In accordance with Cal’s request, there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the New England Newspaper & Press Association.
Published on  November 4, 2017