Donald W. Reynolds, Founder of Donrey Media Group, Dead at 86
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Donald W. Reynolds, who began his career as a paperboy and worked his way through the ranks of journalism to found the huge Donrey Media Group, has died at age 86.
Reynolds died Friday off the northwest coast of Italy on a vessel bound for Spain, the company said Saturday.
Reynolds retired from active participation in Donrey in 1990, but kept in close contact with the chain of 53 daily newspapers, 11 outdoor advertising companies, five cable television companies and one TV station.
The company is based in Las Vegas and its newspapers include the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
″He distinguished himself in the world of journalism and in service to his country. Yet when emergencies arose, I have seen him take off his jacket and help unload newsprint or bundle newspapers,″ said Fred W. Smith, president and chief executive officer of the media group.
Reynolds, born in Fort Worth, Texas, moved with his family to Oklahoma City, where he began his career as a paperboy. He entered the University of Missouri in 1923.
Reynolds worked at newspapers in Kansas City, Mo., Indianapolis and Austin, Texas. His media group began with the 1940 purchase of the Okmulgee (Okla.) Daily Times and the Southwest American and Fort Smith Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark.
During World War II, Reynolds served in the military and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He created the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Inc., which gave $100,000 in scholarships each year to journalism students at 10 universities. He also gave the University of Missouri at Columbia $9 million to build an alumni center.
A $2.5 million grant to the University of Nevada, Reno, was used to construct a building for the Reynolds School of Journalism that is to be dedicated April 16. The foundation also committed $4 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to build a student services center.
Reynolds is survived by three children, six grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.