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Veteran Newspaperman Who Managed Nixon’s First Campaign

June 9, 1986

POMONA, Calif. (AP) _ Roy Otis Day, who managed former President Richard Nixon’s first congressional primary campaign, has died after a long illness. He was 85.

Day, dubbed ″Mr. Republican″ for 40 years in Los Angeles County party circles, died Sunday at Pomona Valley Community Hospital.

In 1946, Day managed Nixon’s first campaign for public office, a contest against the late Jerry Voorhis for the 12th District congressional seat. Nixon won, even though Voorhis had held the seat for 10 years.

Day saw Assemblyman Ernest Geddes through eight successful campaigns and planned strategy for several other present or former lawmakers.

Day joined the advertising sales staff of the old Pomona Progress newspaper in the mid-1920s. He worked in classified sales, display sales and commercial printing sales before the paper became the Pomona Progress-Bulletin.

He purchased the newspaper’s commercial printing equipment in 1951 and built it into a multimillion-dollar printing business.

Day is survived by his wife, Florine; three daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday. Burial be private.

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