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Communications executive

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.


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.


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).

Thomas M. Heselden

Blanche E. (Gaffey) Heselden

Ethel Quackenbush

Barbara Heselden Smith Heselden

Nancy Heselden Kantarian Heselden

Carol Heselden (deceased)