Charles Rowe, Former Co-Publisher of Fredericksburg Newspaper, Dies at 89

by: Staff Reports | The Washington Post

Charles S. Rowe, the former editor and co-publisher of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper, died March 13 at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 89. The cause was urosepsis, said a son, Charles Rowe Jr.


At 24, Mr. Rowe took over as co-publisher of the Free Lance-Star in Virginia with his brother, Josiah P. Rowe III, after their father, Josiah P. Rowe Jr., died of a heart attack in 1949. Charles Rowe led the newsroom while his brother managed the advertising, business, circulation and production departments. They added WFLS radio station in Fredericksburg in 1960.Charles Rowe sold his half of the business to his brother when he retired in 1997, and the family continued to manage the newspaper and its affiliated radio stations until 2014.

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