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Chairman of Publishing Company Dies at 81

May 6, 1986 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Services will be held Wednesday for Frank Arthur Daniels Sr., chairman of the board of The News and Observer Publishing Co., which publishes Raleigh’s two daily newspapers.

Daniels died Monday of congestive heart failure at the age of 81.

″He believed that his newspaper should tell the truth and was ready to back it up regardless of whether it was always popular,″ former Gov. Jim Hunt said.

″He was a very generous, friendly type of individual, easily approached,″ said former Gov. Dan Moore, who was Daniels’ classmate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,


Since 1927, when he graduated from UNC, Daniels had been intimately associated with The News and Observer, a morning newspaper, and the afternoon Raleigh Times, which it bought in 1955. Much of the papers’ growth occurred under his business leadership.

He started as a worker in the pressroom and became treasurer of The News and Observer in 1935, general manager in 1942, president in 1956, publisher in 1966 and board chairman in 1970.

Daniels also was active in public affairs, serving as chairman of the state Board of Public Welfare from 1948 to 1956. In 1967, he addressed a Senate committee considering legislation to aid financially ailing papers and argued for independent editorial voices in the community.

He served on The Associated Press board of directors from 1964-68. On his retirement, the directors saluted him as ″a tough-minded newspaper executive who brought to the board that spirit of self-determination and independence so characteristic of his home state of North Carolina.″

″Frank Daniels Sr. was, simply put, a formidable man,″ Louis D. Boccardi, president and general manager of the AP, said Monday. ″His incisiveness, his dedication to the good of the people his newspaper served and his independent spirit made him a figure of special respect.″

Daniels also served as president of the North Carolina Press Association in 1948-49, president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in 1951, a director of the American Newspaper Publishers Association from 1955-1964 and ANPA treasurer in 1963-64.

Daniels is survived by a son, Frank Daniels Jr., president of The News and Observer Publishing Co.; a daughter, Patricia Daniels Woronoff of Ann Arbor, Mich.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Frank Daniels Jr. is a member of the AP board of directors.