Associate of Applied Science, City College of New York, 1969. Bachelor of Business Administration, City College of New York, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Pace University, 1995.
The Gannett Company had just bought the paper in a deal valued at $10 million. Ramirez worked his way up to serve as the paper"s publisher and president, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, was formed in 1968, the result of a merger of Louisiana Prensa, founded in 1913 for immigrants from Spain, and El Diario which started publishing in 1948 for the Puerto Rican community in New York City.\r\nRamirez and his investment group El Diario Associates purchased the paper in 1989 from Gannett for a price just over $20 million.
The paper had been unprofitable for as three years and circulation had declined from a peak of 80,000 to under 70,000. In the early 1960s, the paper sold an average of 100,000 copies per day.\r\nWith the addition of new technology and improved journalism, Ramirez was able to increase circulation to 68,000 by the time of his death in 1999 and to return the paper to profitability. El Diario Associates joined in 1995 with Latin Communications Group, a firm that operates 18 radio stations, with Ramirez running the business"s print division and serving on the board.
A resident of City Island, Bronx, Ramirez died at age 52 on July 11, 1999 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan from pancreatic cancer.
Member El Museo del Barrio. Trustee Pace University, Partnership for a Drug-Free American. Member New York Press Club., American Newspapers Publications Association,, National Association Hispanic Journalists, National Association Hispanic Publications, New York City of Chamber (board directors), National Advertising Bureau, National Hispanic Coalition.
Children: Christine, David.