Schmick, Former ‘Sun’ Publisher, Dead at 90

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(AP) William F. Schmick Jr., a former publisher of the Sun newspapers here, died on Friday in nearby Towson, Md. He was 90.

The cause was heart failure, according to an announcement by the Blakehurst Life Care Community, where he was a resident.

Schmick’s career with The Sun, The Evening Sun and The Sunday Sun began in 1939 and spanned 40 years. During his tenure, the newspapers expanded advertising, circulation and features.

He began in The Sun’s classified advertising department, following his father into the business. The elder Schmick had begun working at The Sun in 1910 and became president of A.S. Abell, the company that published the papers, in 1951. William Schmick Jr. succeeded him as president and publisher in 1960.

In 1953, when Schmick became executive vice president, The Sun had an overseas bureau only in London. But in the 1950s and ’60s, he helped open new bureaus in Bonn, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Rio de Janeiro. He kept in close touch with overseas offices and visited them often.

Schmick was president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1969 and 1970.

Survivors include his wife and four children.

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