Institution can be an overused term when it comes to defining individuals.
But I can't think of a better word to describe the role Charles F. Trentelman and Dave Greiling have had in the community and the newspaper industry.
Together they have more than 75 years' experience in the journalism field. And because of that, people have been better informed, entertained and driven to improving their communities.
The two longtime journalists plan to retire in the next few months, leaving behind legacies that are hard to measure.
They have followed distinctly different career paths. Charlie's career has been mostly at the Standard-Examiner, while Dave's has been spread out between newspapers from Illinois to Utah.
Charlie was hired at the Standard-Examiner in 1978 by then-city editor Flora Ogan after what he describes as a "persistent campaign of refusing to go away, so they figured, what the heck, hire him."
He has covered almost every city and county in the Top of Utah during a 40-year span, but says reporting on the state Legislature was the most eye-opening beat.
"The experience gave me a deep respect for some of the hard work a few lawmakers do, and a depth of understanding of the whole legislative process that scares me to this day," he said.
In 1995, Charlie took on the assignment as a regular columnist under the banner of "The Wasatch Rambler." He was able to become a brand in the newspaper with his own community-connected view, and folksy approach. Often labeled as too liberal, Charlie stood out as a unique voice in Utah.
Charlie is most proud of the role he played in giving a voice to the disenfranchised and the overlooked in society. This often lead to personal fundraising campaigns.
"Over the years, I estimate I've raised close to $70,000 to fight multiple sclerosis," he said. "In 2011, I also raised $15,000 for Operation Ward 57, a nonprofit group that helps wounded soldiers. When the son of a friend was wounded in Afghanistan, I simply asked his mom 'what can my readers do to help?' "
He also helped raise $7,000 for the United Way in a "friendly" competition with fellow-columnist Mark Saal, and lost his beard (albeit temporarily) in the process.
Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 with a journalism degree and got a job as a reporter in Rockford, Ill.
"I hadn't planned to interview with the Rockford recruiter, but had one general question about employment and one of my professors suggested I see him," Dave recalled. "It was a cold, snowy Wisconsin winter day and I wasn't dressed for an interview, didn't have a resume or clips with me.
"We talked for more than an hour, he brought me to Rockford to interview with the editors and the rest, as they say, is history."
From Rockford, Dave had a stint in the Army and worked in Michigan before becoming editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan. He worked at the Colorado paper for 16 years before taking an early retirement from Gannett Newspapers.
I hired him out of retirement in May 2003 to become managing editor at the Standard-Examiner.
His most memorable story was coverage of the release of then-Colorado State University professor Thomas Sutherland who was held hostage in Lebanon for six years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
"It's the ultimate case of an international story with local ties," he said.
Dave and Charlie plan to write farewell columns before their retirements become official. The newspaper will hold an open house next month so the public can pay their respects to these fine men and also meet new Publisher Charles Horton III.
Kind of an out with the old, in with the new passing of the baton. The military calls that a Hail and Farewell Ceremony.
So we will, too.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-6254210 or email@example.com.