(AP) Thomas Winship, editor of The Boston Globe for two decades, a period in which the paper earned 12 Pulitzer Prizes, died early Thursday. He was 81.
Winship led the paper from 1965 to 1984, including the turbulent years of Boston’s desegregation and busing crisis. The paper won the Pulitzer for public service, the most prestigious of the Pulitzers, in 1975 for its coverage of the crisis.
It also won the public service Pulitzer in 1966 for a campaign to prevent the confirmation of a candidate for a federal judgeship. The 12th of the Pulitzers associated with Winship was awarded in 1985 for feature photography for work done under his editorship before he retired.
He died at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was being treated for lymphoma.
“Tom was a great friend and a great editor,” said William O. Taylor, chairman emeritus of the Globe, who served as the paper’s publisher during Winship’s final seven years as editor. “We will miss his tremendous energy and ingenuity and great sense of life.”
Winship attended Harvard University and began his journalism career at The Washington Post in 1945, serving as a political and city reporter. In 1956 he joined the Globe, where his father Laurence Winship was editor.
“When the worst racial turmoil in a decade flared and politicians from city hall to the White House ran for cover or poured gasoline on the flames, Tom Winship put The Boston Globe literally in the line of fire with nothing more than the highest of journalistic values as the arrows in his quiver,” then Globe reporter Thomas Oliphant wrote in a tribute last year for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, of which Winship was past president.
Winship was active in international journalism, founding the International Center for Journalists, a Washington-based organization that sponsors journalism training programs worldwide.
Winship also served as a director of the African-American Institute, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Freedom Forum’s Newseum.
He also wrote the “New Curmudgeon” column for E&P during the 1990s.