Arthur Milton, Former Publisher & WWII Army Vet, Dies at 94


(AP) Brooklyn native Arthur G. Milton, a World War II veteran who survived the D-Day invasion to continue a 50-year career as a newspaper executive and publisher, died Tuesday night of pneumonia. He was 94.

He began his journalism career at the New York Daily Mirror, where he eventually became advertising director. The Hearst tabloid, at the time one of nine New York daily papers, closed in 1963 following a strike.

Milton moved on to editorial positions at the New York Journal-American, the World-Journal Tribune, the Trib and the Long Island Press. During the 1970s, he was owner and publisher of the weekly Levittown Tribune on Long Island and publisher of a New York Spanish-language newspaper, El Tiempo.

He was one of the founding members of the Overseas Press Club and served for 15 years as publisher of its magazine, Dateline. He also was a trustee of the Edward R. Murrow Scholarship Fund.

Last June, Milton was honored at a ceremony closing the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In 1961, he had donated the flagpole to the mission in honor of his daughter, Pat, now a reporter with The Associated Press.

Milton was a U.S. Army captain serving as an aide to Gen. H.W. Blakely during the June 6, 1944, invasion at Normandy. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of Paris.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by a son, Donald; two grandchildren, Kathryn and Sara; and a brother, Raymond.

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