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Robert Comey Achorn

Robert Comey Achorn was American newspaper publisher.

Background

  • Achorn, Robert Comey was born on March 31, 1922 in Westboro, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edward Welt and Mabel (Comey) Achorn.

  • Education

    • AB, Brown University, 1943.

    Career

    • Reporter Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram, 1946-1953. Editorial writer Evening Gazette, Worcester, 1953-1960, managing editor, 1964-1967. Editor editorial pages Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 1964-1967, associate editor, 1967-1970, editor, 1970-1973, vice president, editor, 1973-1981, associate public, executive vice president, 1981-1982, public, 1982-1987, director, 1982-1988, president, 1986-1987, Beacon Communications Corporation, 1984-1985, vice chairman, 1985-1987.

      President Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Inc., 1985-1987. Board directors Blackstone Valley Regional Development Corporation, 1991-1995. Member newspaper advisory board United Press International, 1974-1978.

    Membership

    President United Way of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, 1973—1975. Vice president The Memorial Hospital, 1976. Vice chairman Central Massachusetts chapter American Red Cross, 1976—1984, chairman, 1984—1986.

    Media chairman Massachusetts Bar-Press Committee, 1976—1977. Chairman trustees Worcester Foundation Experimental Biology, 1984—1987. Trustee Old. Sturbridge Village, 1986—2001, honorary trustee, since 2001.

    Trustee University Massachusetts Medical Center Foundation, 1991—2002, Sutton Council on Aging, 1993—1999, University Massachusetts Memorial Foundation, 1998—2002. Fellow Academy New England Journalists. Member United Press International New England Newspaper Editors (president 1969), American Society Newspaper Editors, New England Newspaper Association (president 1986-1987), New England Society Newspaper Editors (president 1968), New England Associated Press News Executives Association (president 1971), American Antiquarian Society, Society Professional Journalists, Worcester Club, Worcester Economic Club (president 1975), Bohemian Club, National Press Club, St. Wulstan Society, Worcester Torch Club, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Jean Mary Berlo, September 23, 1950 (deceased 1980). Children: Nancy Louise (Mistress Eric Engberg), Susan Jean, Edward Christopher, Judith Joyce (Mistress Albert Berry), Carole Lee (Mistress Ralph Abislaiman). Married Ann Bouvier, August 20, 1982.
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    • 1943
      Brown University
    • 1946 - 1953
      Reporter Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram
    • 1953 - 1960
      editorial writer, Evening Gazette
      Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1964 - 1967
      editorial writer, Evening Gazette
    • 1970 - 1973
      editor editorial pages Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    • 1982 - 1987
      editor editorial pages Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    • 1984 - 1985
      editor editorial pages Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    • 1985 - 1987
      president, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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