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Financial Columnist William Doyle Dies at 71

April 25, 1996 GMT

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) _ William A. Doyle, whose syndicated financial column appeared in more than 100 newspapers, died Friday of emphysema. He was 71.

Doyle’s column, ``The Investor’s Guide,″ appeared five times weekly from 1981 until last year, when he cut back to three times weekly.

Doyle began his newspaper career while he was a college student, working at the now-defunct Jersey Observer in Hoboken, N.J. After he graduated in 1950, he went to work at the newspaper full time.

In 1951, he went to the New York World-Telegram & Sun, covering the stock and commodities markets, utilities and railroads.

He began writing his column in 1957. Nine years later, he joined the New York Daily News, where he was business news editor until 1969.

Doyle then became vice president of public relations at Investors Diversified Services of Minneapolis until 1976, when he pursued free-lance writing.

The next year, he became business editor at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and resumed writing his column, which was distributed by King Features. He left the newspaper in 1981, but continued writing ``The Investor’s Guide.″