William T. Burgess, longtime publisher of the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune, died Feb. 4 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 94.
During his 33 years as a newspaper publisher, William Burgess, according to his son, Thomas Burgess, played numerous leadership roles within the industry, serving as a director and secretary for Lee Enterprises Inc., parent of the Tribune; as a director of the Bureau of Advertising of the American Newspaper Publishers Association; and as a director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
Before retiring in 1972, Burgess also served his community as president of the La Crosse Industrial Association and as a director of the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce.
Born March 14, 1907, in La Crosse, he was the son of May Thomas and Frank H. Burgess, former publisher of the La Crosse Tribune. He attended local schools and was graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1929.
On Nov. 21, 1930, he married the former Margaret Solveig Forseth in La Crosse.
Burgess is survived by his wife and three sons: Stephen (former publisher of the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale), Naples, Fla.; James (former publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis.; and Thomas (formerly with the Star-Courier in Kewanee, Ill.), Hayward, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.