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Former Publisher of Canadian Newspaper Dies

March 7, 1990 GMT

CALGARY (AP) _ Frank Swanson, a former war correspondent and publisher of the Calgary Herald, has died at age 72.

He died Monday night after a long illness.

Swanson also worked for the Edmonton Journal and was editor of The Citizen in Ottawa during 44 years in journalism.

All three papers are part of the Southam Newspapers group.

″Frank Swanson was committed to giving Calgarians the best newspaper he could provide,″ said Kevin Peterson, the Herald’s current publisher.

″It is a measure of his success that he left not only a good newspaper, but that he gave his successors both a tradition of excellence and the people and the plant to achieve it.″

Born in Edmonton, Swanson attended the University of Alberta and the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City.

He returned to Edmonton to work at the Journal, but interrupted his career to serve in the Canadian armored brigade in World War II.

Swanson became a war correspondent for the Southam newspaper group. He continued to report from Europe after the war and covered the Nazi war crime trials at Nuremberg.

He moved to Ottawa in 1948 and covered politics for Southam for the next decade before becoming associate editor and then editor of the Citizen.

Less than a year later, he was named publisher of the Herald, a position he held for 20 years.

During that time, Swanson held executive positions in several news industry organizations including The Canadian Press, the Commonwealth Press Union and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

He was elected a vice president of Southam Inc. as well as a director and member of the company’s executive committee. He retired as publisher of the Herald on July 31, 1982, and remained in Calgary.

Swanson is survived by his wife, Vera, and a son.