Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
DAILY FACTS, Redlands, Calif. Monday, October 8,1973- All JAMES COPLEY James Copley, newspaper publisher, dies SAN DIEGO (UPI) - The Rev. Billy Graham will deliver the eulogy Tuesday for newspaper publishing magnate James S. Copley, who died Saturday of cancer at the age of 57. A pontifical Mass will be celebrated at the University of San Diego chapel. Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union and Evening Tribune and head of the corporation publishing 13 other dailies in California and Illinois, died at the Scripps Clinic where he had been treated on and off since 1953 when the cancer was first diagnosed. Adopting the philosophy of his stepfather, Col. Ira Copley, Copley was a staunch Republican all his life and his newspaper empire reflected his political views. At the Florida White House, President Nixon said Copley had been "a close friend and adviser" whose "contribution to international peace and understanding was felt far beyond our nation's borders through his selfless work with newspapers of other countries." Copley was chairman of the board of Copley News service, a worldwide news gathering organization with an estimated 1,300 clients and a readership of more than 40 million. The Copley Press includes 15 dailies and eight weeklies. Copley was born in 1916, and his parents died soon afterward during a World War I influenza epidemic. He and his brother, William, were adopted by Col. Ira Copley, a six-term congressman. James Copley inherited the newspaper group from his stepfather in 1947 and built it into the empire it is today. He. married the former Mrs. Helene Hunt in 1965, and they adopted three children- Janice, Michael and David. Interment will be at the Copley family plot at Aurora, 111., Wednesday.