N.H. Publisher Nackey Loeb Dies
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (AP) _ Nackey S. Loeb, the former publisher of The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News who during the impeachment scandal ran a headline calling President Clinton ``a disgrace,″ died Saturday at her home, the papers said. She was 75.
Mrs. Loeb had been in failing health due in part to complications associated with her partial paralysis from a 1977 car accident.
She retired in May but still maintained an interest in the affairs of the Manchester newspapers and consulted on the recent endorsement of Steve Forbes in next month’s Republican New Hampshire Primary.
The Union Leader is the largest newspaper in the state and the only statewide daily, the New Hampshire Sunday News is the largest Sunday paper in the state.
Mrs. Loeb and her late husband, William Loeb, bought the newspapers in the 1940s and turned them into two of the nation’s most conservative papers. William Loeb’s blunt editorial style and his active involvement in the state’s presidential primaries earned the Union Leader a national reputation that his wife continued to nurture.
Mrs. Loeb, born in 1924 to Robert and Margaret Scripps and an heir to the Scripps Howard publishing fortune, took over as publisher after her husband died in 1981. During her 18 years at the helm, she pursued a more quiet, but still forceful approach.
An editorial signed by Publisher Joseph McQuaid for Sunday’s editions said, ``We were lucky to have her because her commitment to maintain an independent voice caused her to not only hang onto The Union Leader and Sunday News after William Loeb’s death but to invest in their future and to do the hard work of leading us there.″
During a visit by Clinton in February, a week after the Senate voted not to oust him over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she didn’t hesitate to publish a front-page editorial with the headline: ``Mr. President, you’re a disgrace!″
Republican presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan called her his ``political godmother,″ and credited her endorsement for his 1996 New Hampshire primary upset of Bob Dole.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the front runner in the Republican presidential race, said that while he and Mrs. Loeb ``did not always agree, her opinions and influence always helped shape the politics and the independent spirit of the state of New Hampshire.″
``She will always be known as the torch bearer for conservative views,″ said Terrence Williams, publisher of The Telegraph in Nashua. ``She certainly stayed true to that over the years, and she made quite a name for herself doing so.″
Mrs. Loeb also kept the newspapers in step with the changing needs of their readers. She made the decision to convert the daily newspaper to a morning publication and was involved in expanding it onto the Internet.
Details on survivors were not available.