Michael Finn

Michael S. Finn passed away May 25, 2022, at the age of 75 years old. A resident of Dallas, TX, he was born Oct. 21, 1946 in Jefferson to Richard (Mick) and Helen Finn. Mike graduated from Jefferson High School in 1965, going on to earn his B.A. in Journalism at the University of Iowa, and M.A. in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in graduate school in Madison, he worked as a staff editor for the Wisconsin State Journal, and later as a news editor for the Madison Press Connection. Moving to Dallas in 1981, Mike joined the Dallas Morning News, where he served as a senior editor for the business news section, winning several awards for his witty headlines, and writing for the Dallas Life Index column, before retiring in 2009.

In his retirement, Mike enjoyed travel and continued his learning as a Visiting Scholar and Knight Fellow in Editing at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and a writing program in Dublin, Ireland. His love of math and statistics infused many of his pursuits, giving him a unique perspective on his interests in sports, politics and finance.

When it came to his love of sports, Mike avidly followed the Iowa Hawkeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, and the Texas Rangers, and wielded a TV remote with surgical precision among many games at once on big college football weekends, never missing a play.

Mike is survived by his sister Mary, of Dallas, TX, his brother Chris (Pam) of Liberty, MO, and sister-in-law Marilyn of Ames; nephews Patrick of Glen Ellyn, IL, Declan and Connor of Liberty, MO. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mick and Helen, his brother Timothy, and niece Katherine.

At this time there are no plans for a service, though a remembrance may be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communication Development Fund https://givetoiowa.org/ 

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