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Richard Allen Thornburgh, former editor of Inquirer, Dies at Age 88

November 4, 1991

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) _ Richard Allen Thornburgh, an executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1950s, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 88.

A native of Richmond, Ind., Thornburgh moved to Philadelphia in 1924 to join the staff of the Public Ledger and married Kathryn Turpin two years later.

In 1934, Thornburgh became the night city editor of the Inquirer, moving up through the ranks as city editor and then assistant managing in 1942. In 1945, the newspaper sent Thornburgh to London to write about the aftermath of World War II.

In 1954, publisher Walter Annenberg named Thornburgh executive editor. Two years later, he left to become night managing editor at The Washington Post. He retired as assistant managing editor of the Post in 1967.

After retirement, he and his wife moved to Maine.

In addition to his wife, Thornburgh is survived by a daughter, Margaret.

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