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Former Editor Edwin Tribble Dead At 79

May 28, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Edwin Tribble, who served as an editor at The Washington Star, which folded in 1981, for nearly four decades, has died of cancer. He was 79.

Tribble died Monday at his home here.

Tribble, who was born in Jefferson, Ga., attended Mercer College, now Mercer University, in Georgia. While still an undergraduate, he took a part- time job with The Macon Telegraph, now The Macon Telegraph and News, and later was promoted to city editor.

Tribble joined The Star as a copy editor in 1933 and later served as the newspaper’s city editor from 1949 to 1958. He was named Sunday editor in 1958 and held that post until his retirement in 1972.

Due to heavy financial losses, Time Inc. ceased publishing the 128-year-old Star on Aug. 7, 1981.

During his retirement, Tribble edited the letters of President Wilson and Edith Bolting Galt. In 1984, he published ″A Chime of Words,″ a collection of letters by the English essayist Logan Pearsall Smith.

Tribble is survived by his wife, Emily, and his daughter, Emily Tribble Hart, of St. Simons Island, Ga.

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