Former San Francisco Chronicle CEO, John Sias, Dies

John B. Sias, an Army paratrooper who came home from World War II and built a career as an energetic media executive, first as president of ABC and later as the only non-member of the de Young family to run Chronicle Publishing Co., has died.


A tall, rail-thin, deeply tanned and fast-moving man known for his dry humor and his daily walking tours of Nob Hill, Mr. Sias died quietly Aug. 23 after saying goodnight to his wife of 65 years, Lucretia. He was 88 and had been living in a Houston retirement community, though he was a native Californian and a Stanford graduate who embraced the San Francisco energy and lifestyle.

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