John Bass, a prominent local educator and legislator, passed away yesterday. He was 80, and had been in poor health. I can’t think of a public policy issue in the 1970s or 1980s that did not have Mr. Bass’s mark on it.
During a distinguished and dynamic public career, he served as an alderman, a state senator, a school principal, a state Cabinet official, and as the City’s first African American comptroller. We will all miss John’s voice at the table.
The Missouri General Assembly has been considering a proposal to name a section of highway after him. They should do that now and more.