Magazine article Editor & Publisher

John R. Herbert

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

John R. Herbert

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JOHN R. HERBERT, a longtime New England journalist whose career spanned newspapers and banking, died on May 10 at his home in Spring Hill, Fla. after years of declining health. He was 90.

Born in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 30, 1908, Herbert attended Boston University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1931 and several subsequent honorary degrees. He joined the Quincy (Mass.) Patriot-Ledger in 1931 as a reporter, rising to the post of editor in 1955, a job he held until he left the newspaper in 1966.

In 1967, Herbert joined the Boston Herald as editor and later became executive editor of the Boston Herald-Traveler in 1970, a post he held until 1972. Herbert eventually became executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association in 1974 and later president of the Quincy Cooperative Bank in 1975, serving in that post until 1983, when he became chief operating officer of the Boston Bank of Commerce.

In 1984, Herbert served briefly as president of Park Avenue Leasing, before retiring that same year. …

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