Sam Papert Jr., longtime president of an advertising sales company that dealt with hundreds of newspapers, died after a three-year struggle with dementia. He was 86.
Papert died Tuesday. His father started the Texas Daily Press League company, which handled national and out-of-market advertising sales for newspapers, in 1922. Papert took over as president from 1951 until the early 1990s, when he became chairman and the league was renamed The Papert Companies.
Papert went to Southern Methodist University for a year before transferring to the University of Missouri’s school of journalism, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1941. He obtained a master’s of business administration from Harvard University in 1943.
After graduating from Harvard, Papert served in the Army until 1949. He then went to work alongside his father and stayed with the company until his retirement in 1998.
Papert is survived by his wife, Ida Papert; two sons, Samuel Papert III and Lee Papert, a daughter, Peggy Papert; and a granddaughter, Lexi Earle. His family lives in Dallas.