John Strohmeyer

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

John Strohmeyer, a newspaper editor who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his editorials on race relations in Bethlehem, Pa., has died. He was 85.

Strohmeyer died Wednesday of heart failure at his winter home in Crystal River, Fla.

He edited the former Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper from 1956 to 1984, winning journalism's highest honor for his editorial campaign to reduce racial tensions in Bethlehem.

Later, he wrote books on the decline of the steel industry and the development of the Alaskan oil industry. He also taught at Lehigh University and held the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Journalism and Public Communication.

He's survived by his wife, Sylvia; son; daughter; and eight grandchildren.

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