EDITORIAL

Ralph Allen

January 1 1967
EDITORIAL

Ralph Allen

January 1 1967

Ralph Allen

RALPH ALLEN was a great editor. During the years he directed Maclean’s — the decade 1950 to 1960 — he made an immeasurable contribution to his profession and his country. He became a symbol of excellence in a craft that knows too little of it. He began with the belief that a national Canadian magazine could and should achieve the highest international standards of reporting and writing, and to this end he worked tirelessly. He demanded of his staff and his contributors the most strenuous efforts, and they responded by turning themselves into accomplished and mature journalists. He set his standards impossibly high, and then he achieved them. Under his leadership, Maclean’s took its proper place as a central institution in Canadian life; when he resigned he left behind him, for all those who edit and write the magazine, a heritage of pride. In 1964 he became managing editor of the Toronto Daily Star and there, too, he set his sights high. On December 2, when he died, he was only fifty-three. His life, rich in accomplishment, was still full of promise. He had novels still to write, papers still to edit, young journalists still to encourage. Death took him much too soon, and left a whole generation of Canadian journalists mourning their loss.