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John Edward Heselden

John Edward Heselden, American communications executive.


  • Heselden, John Edward was born on April 11, 1920 in Syracuse, New York, United States. Son of Thomas M. and Blanche E. (Gaffey) Heselden.

  • Education

    • AB, Syracuse University, 1940. Master of Public Administration, Syracuse University, 1942.


    • Personnel assistant Atlantic Refining Company, Philadelphia, 1946-1947. Assistant to executive secretary New York State Publications Association, Syracuse, 1947-1953. Advertising director Geneva Daily Times, New York, 1953-1955.

      Corporation staff positions Gannett Corporation, Rochester, 1955-1963, 66-68. Public Plainfield Courier-News, New Jersey, 1964-1965. General manager Gannett Rochester Newspapers, 1970-1971.

      Vice president personnel Gannett Company, Inc., Rochester, 1972-1974, senior vice president staff and services, 1975-1978, senior vice president marketing, 1978-1979, senior vice president and president newspaper division, since 1979, also director. Director Newspaper Advertising Bureau, since 1978.


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Trustee, Frank E. Gannett Newspaper Foundation, since 1967, New York State Newspapers Foundation, since 1977, Rochester Institute of Technology, since 1979, Rochester Museum and Science Center, since 1980. Served from Second lieutenant to major United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. To lieutenant colonel Reserve (retired).

    Member New York State Publications Association (president 1977), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon Clubs: Country of Rochester, Oak Hill Country (Rochester).


    • Married Ethel Quackenbush, June 6, 1942. Children– Barbara Heselden Smith, Nancy Heselden Kantarian, Carol (deceased).
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    Born April 11, 1920
    • 1940
      Syracuse University
    • 1942
      Syracuse University
    • 1946 - 1947
      Personnel assistant, Atlantic Refining Company
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1947 - 1953
      assistant, to executive secretary New York State Publications Association
      Syracuse, New York, United States
    • 1953 - 1955
      advertising director, Geneva Daily Times
      New York, United States
    • 1955 - 1963
      corporation staff positions Gannett Corporation
      Rochester, New York, United States
    • 1964 - 1965
      public Plainfield Courier-News
      New Jersey, United States
    • 1970 - 1971
      general manager, Gannett Rochester Newspapers
    • 1972 - 1974
      vice president, personnel Gannett Company
      Rochester, New York, United States
    • 1978
      director, Newspaper Advertising Bureau
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