Death of Thomas Pepperday

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Off test this for in that or to the first had the pro 55 last the be and ba. his con of and will allot-ments, in and 2,766,-025 1,156,-438 4,-042,623 Texas Utah a animals. de-tails Zoo 1 ."Vr i 'HI i 1 mas , J I if 1 v t 4 ,T 1 I one RARE rilOTO This is of the few pictures in existence of T. M. Pepperday, publisher of the Journal who died Wednesday following a heart attack. The picture was snapped in the spring of 1954 when the Journal was moving into its new building. (Kew photo) Sympathy Expressed By Officials " Several ' public officials expressed sympathy following the death of Journal Publisher T. M, Pepperday Wednesday. In Santa Fe Gov. John F. Simms offered his "sincere condolences" to the family and said: "Mr. Pepperday was an out standing figure in the newspaper world. My sincere condolences go to his family." In Washington Rep. Antonio Fernandez told the Associated Press that "He was a great citizen and a very fine public spirit ed man and his death is a great loss, not only to Albuquerque but to the state." Also in Washington Sen. Dennis Chavez said "Tom Pepper day has contributed to New Mexico developments econom ically, socially and politically. That was his idea and ideal, I have not known in my public life anyone more than Tom Pepperday who wanted changes and new. ideas. He died too young." And Sen. Clinton Anderson said he was "very sorry" to hear of the newspaperman's death. "I can well remember when he took over the newspaper and combined it with another one, He did a fine job of putting out a good newspaper for a period of years:" Several other expressions of sympathy were received Wed nesday night. One of them came from Frank J. Starzel, general manager of the Associated Press. It said "On behalf of members and staff of Hhe Associated Press I convey this expression of deep est sympathy to the family and associates of Thomas Pepperday. We are saddened by the loss of an outstanding member of our profession. He will be greatly missed. In-State Buying Death Follows Heart Attack Suffered in Night Newspaper Owner Active Until Last, Spent Tuesday at Desk Thomas M. Pepperday, publisher of the Albuquerque Journal who brought the newspaper into its present position of prominence in New Mexico, died Wednesday afternoon following a heart attack. He was 69 years old. Death came at an Albuquerque hospital, where he waa taken about midnight Tuesday only hours after leaving his desk in the Journal's new building. He was in his office daylong, although his associates had noticed he was not his activt self. Last Friday h asked his nephew, C. Thompson Lang, to drive him home. He did not ap pear at nis otnee Saturday. However, he was on tha job both Monday and Tuesday. Interested In Politics ' A quiet man who almost never appeared in public and who seldom allowed his name to appear In his own newspaper, was independent politically but always extremely interested in tha political scene both state and national. He knew most political figures in tha state, particularly the older ones, personally. Until his death he maintained his active interest in The Journal and directed much of the newspaper's editorial policy on po litical matters. At times he allowed his paper to back a particular candidate. However this backing never kept him from criticizing that man or his party if he thought the public was being damaged by some of the candidate' later actions. Interested In Youth Never susceptible to pressures of any kind, Pepperday left tha actual neWs direction of his paper largely up to his editors. He was vitally interested in the youth of New Mexico. In recent years his backing of the New Mexico High School Science Fair through the Journal came to be one of his pet projects. There were other moves to help young people which he never talked about. For in-stance, few knew that for several years he has picked up the tab for sending 4-H Club winners to the national 4-H Congress. Pepperday was not a news paperman when ne nrst cama to New Mexico to settle in Socorro shortly after World War I. At that time he was in the oil leasing business, later becoming distributor for a farm lighting system. He moved to Albuquerque after several years and in 1922 became publisher of the old Al buquerque Herald, which was published in the 200 Block Third SW. Four years later, Pepperday took over the Journal. The old Herald . was continued as an evening edition of the Journal until 1933, when the Journal and the Albuquerque Tribune entered into the present joint publishing arrangement. Originated Plan Pepperday known throughout the newspaper business for his business acumen was tha originator of this type of operation where separate news staffs of separately owned papers put out newspapers printed in tha same plant. The idea has since spread to a number of cities. At the time the Journal cama Continues na rr Thirteen

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  1. Albuquerque Journal,
  2. 17 May 1956, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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