Former President of The Dallas Morning News Dead at 75
DALLAS (AP) _ Joseph MacDonald Dealey, former president of The Dallas Morning News, died Friday of lung cancer. He was 75.
Dealey, the grandson of Morning News founder George Bannerman Dealey, was also former chairman and chief executive officer of A.H. Belo Corp., the newspaper’s Dallas-based parent company.
Dealey headed the newspaper’s coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination and led the company through the first stages of a competitive challenge from Times Mirror Co., which had purchased the rival Dallas Times Herald in 1970.
Dealey was president of The Morning News from 1960 to 1980.
In 1926, Dealey’s grandfather led an investors’ group in buying the newspaper from heirs of its namesake, Col. A.H. Belo. G.B. Dealey’s son, E.M. Dealey, was Joseph Dealey’s father and the newspapers’ president from 1940 until 1960.
Joe Dealey began his career in 1937 at the mail room of The Dallas Journal, Belo’s now-defunct evening paper. He then became a sports reporter and worked in the business department.
Dealey is survived by four children: Joe M. Dealey Jr., Russell Edward Dealey, Pamela Dealey Campbell, and Patricia Dealey Scarbrough; and nine grandchildren.
He was married for nearly 50 years to the former Doris Carolyn Russell.