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Alvah Chapman, Former 'Miami Herald' Chief, Dies at 87

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Alvah Chapman, Former 'Miami Herald' Chief, Dies at 87

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Alvah H. Chapman Jr., the former Miami Herald president/CEO and civic leader who helped building the modern city there has died at 87.

It happened on Christmas Day in Miami, and he was with his family. He was afflicted with Parkinson's disease and had suffered strokes in recent years.

After arriving in Miami in 1960, his former paper observed today, "He evolved into a devoted and energetic champion of his adopted hometown and became the unifying force behind scores of civic endeavors -- from housing the homeless to sculpting downtown Miami's contemporary appearance to leading We Will Rebuild after Hurricane Andrew in 1992."

He once said, ''You can't publish a successful newspaper in a community that's dying on the vine. If you want a successful company that's involved in the community, and a newspaper certainly is that, then you have to contribute to that community's success, too.''

An excerpt from today's Herald article follows.*

Chapman came to Miami as company patriarch John S. Knight's executive assistant, quickly moving up the ranks to become The Herald's general manager and president. …

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