Margaret Ann Boatright Former Executive of United Press International Dies

By: E&P Staff

Margaret Ann Boatright, former president of Wieck, the Dallas-based software development and content management firm, and a longtime executive with United Press International, died March 25. She  died of natural causes at a local hospital, according to a family spokesman.


Boatright served as president of Wieck from May 1, 2001, to Jan. 1, 2003, and was an operational founder of the company. The company began offering photo distribution services for The New York Times News Service in 1991 and now distributes all of The New York Times Syndicate and News Service. Wieck and its companion company in Australia, now provide world-wide services to clients such as Allstate, American Honda Motor Co., several Australian federal and territorial government departments, Baylor Scott & White Health, Haymarket Publications in London, Mercedes Benz USA, Nissan Americas and Nissan Global and Southwest Airlines.

“Marge was the consummate professional,” said Tim Roberts, who became president of the firm after her retirement. “She made doing business a pleasure,” said Gloria B. Anderson, a former President of The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation and now retired. “Marge was a pro. Like many others, I owe her a thousand thanks for her cooperation, persistence and friendship.”

Boatright graduated from the University of Texas in 1950 as one of two women who earned a degree in Business Administration.

She began her career with United Press International in 1961. She was among the guests at the Dallas Trade Mart on Nov. 22, 1963, anticipating the arrival of President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated.

Boatright had helped break new ground for women in the news business when she was appointed UPI’s first female Regional Executive. “She pushed on and broke the ‘glass ceiling’ before we acknowledged there was one,” said Tom Brooks, who was Southwest Division Sales Manager. “Marge stood out in the crowd … not only because of her stylish dressing, but also as the lone female executive in a sea of men,” said Olive Talley, who worked in the Houston UPI bureau and now is a freelance video producer in Dallas.

Boatright is survived by a sister, Elsie Burt O’Neal, daughter Bethann Freeland and husband Mark, of McAllen, TX, and a son, Jay Boatright of Horseshoe Bay, TX, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

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