For 27 years, Lawrence "Laury" Minard's name graced the staff box of Forbes magazine and later Forbes Global, the international edition of the popular business publication that he helped found and launch in 1998.
Prior to heading up Forbes Global, Mr. Minard was the managing editor of Forbes magazine beginning in July of 1989. He had also worked as deputy managing editor of Forbes from January 1987 to July 1989 and assistant managing editor October 1985 to 1987.
Mr. Minard, who died August 2, 2001, while climbing Mount Rainier, "distinguished himself by the perspective he brought to the magazine," recalled longtime Forbes editor James W. Michaels.
A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Minard studied for a doctorate in Political Economy at The New School.
"Laury understood that ideas are news. It isn't just something that happens. He defined the big economic issues of our times," said Michaels. "He came to the journalism trade from an academic discipline. He helped us at Forbes with this 'journalism of ideas.'''
Mr. Minard started working for Forbes as a researcher and reporter in 1974. He was named special correspondent in Asia in 1978. From 1979 to 1983 he was European bureau chief, based in London. From 1983 to 1985 he worked as the magazine's West Coast and Asia bureau chief, based in Los Angeles.
"From the time he came here in 1974, Laury stood out," wrote Steve Forbes in a column that appeared in Forbes shortly after Mr. Minard's death. "He was a superb reporter--ever-curious, adventurous, probing and, essential to journalistic success, extraordinarily energetic. He was blessed with a first-rate intellect tempered with down-to-earth common sense. He had high standards as an editor and was an outstanding mentor to numerous young journalists here."
In 1977 Mr. Minard, with David Warsh, won the Gerald Loeb Award for the Forbes article, "Inflation Is Now Too Serious To Leave To The Economists." In 1999 and again in 2000, he won a London "Business Journalist of the Year" award for articles on restructuring a German electric utility conglomerate, and on a Spanish telecommunications entrepreneur.
In 2002, the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism established the Lawrence Minard Editor's Award to recognize an editor whose career achievements and contributions to the profession of business and financial journalism exemplifies excellence in the area of editing. Mr. Minard had a long association with the Loeb Awards. He became a preliminary judge in 1984 and joined the panel of final judges in 1987. In a posthumous tribute, Mr. Minard was named the first recipient of this award.
Mr. Minard was born in Seattle, Washington, on November 19, 1949. He was raised Seattle and in Juneau, Alaska.