Susan Caldwell – San Francisco Examiner

Examiner photographer Susan Caldwell, 41, and her daughter, Nina Garrison, was killed in a car crash on Bayshore Boulevard in South San Francisco Sunday. She was driving to the Cow Palace on assignment for the Examiner to cover the dog show.

Caldwell previously worked at the Independent for about 15 years. She worked for Examiner editions south of San Francisco to Redwood City.

Caldwell and her daughter, both of South San Francisco, were in a 2000 Honda Accord that flipped when it collided head-on with a Honda van around 2:05 p.m., according to South San Francisco police.

Caldwell was pronounced dead at the scene. Garrison was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, South San Francisco police Sgt. Paul Ritter said today. The driver of the van was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Ritter said. Police are still investigating what caused the two cars to collide.


John Gorman - San Francisco Examiner

John Gorman, who covered many of his era's most memorable events during a 37-year career at the San Francisco Examiner, has died. He was 85. Gorman, who retired in 1982, died of cancer Monday at his Amador County home in Sutter Creek, where he moved a decade ago.

"Jack was extremely versatile," said retired Examiner photographer Fran Ortiz. "He could shoot anything, and he was a perfectionist. You could always tell one of his photographs - they were technically perfect." Landscapes and seascapes were Mr. Gorman's favorite subjects. "Doing landscapes is very difficult," Ortiz said. "Photographing them and making them look beautiful is a challenge. And Jack loved that challenge."

Over the decades, Gorman covered both decisive events and indecisive moments. He shot Gen. Douglas MacArthur's return from Korea in 1951; the 1945 U.N. Conference on International Organization; and the 1956 Republican National Convention, in which Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon became the GOP ticket. He also took Patty Hearst's engagement photo, which ended up on FBI posters when she was kidnapped in 1974.

For Ortiz, Gorman's death marks the latest departure of photo buddies from the era of 35mm film and darkroom artistry. "There are so few of us left," Ortiz said. "Before computers, all of us came into the office together. There was a lot of camaraderie. At the end of the day, we'd have a drink, or seven, and the next day we'd do it again."  The bar of choice was the M&M Tavern, now as defunct as Dektol developer. And Gorman's drink of choice was always the same. "A martini straight up, two olives," Ortiz said.

Born in San Mateo in 1920, Gorman grew up in San Francisco and served in the U.S. Army during World War II before he joined the Examiner in 1945. The Examiner was owned by the Hearst Corp. until the company sold the newspaper shortly after buying the San Francisco Chronicle in 2000.

Nancy Rudolph, one of Gorman's three daughters, said her father was a pilot, travel writer and filmmaker who relished good jokes, movies and golf. After leaving the Examiner, he made videos, commercials and feature movies with his own company, Gorman Productions.

Gorman is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lydia Gorman, daughters Nancy Rudolph of Port Angeles, Wash., Sue Hepworth of Sutter Creek (Amador County), and Lindy Blaskovich of Pacific Grove (Monterey County); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Jackson (Amador County) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Donations can be made to:
The Sutter Creek Fire District
P.O. Box 365
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

If you would like to contact John's wife:
Lydia Gorman
P.O. Box 1735
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

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