Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NJ publisher and recycling pioneer, Richard Scudder, 99

Richard B. Scudder, co-founder of MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of the former Newark Evening News, and the man who helped invent a process allowing newsprint to be recycled, died today at his home in Atlantic Highlands, NJ at the age of 99.

The Associated Press reports: 
A native of Newark,  Scudder was born May 13, 1913, into a newspaper family. His grandfather, Wallace Scudder, founded the Newark Evening News and his father, Edward Scudder, ran it.
Richard Scudder worked as a reporter for the Boston Herald before joining the Evening News as a reporter in 1938. He took over from his father as publisher of the Evening News in 1952, a post he held for 20 years.
In 1983, Scudder and Singleton bought the Gloucester County Times of Woodbury and later purchased Today's Sunbeam of Salem and several small papers in Ohio and California.
Their partnership eventually became MediaNews Group, a privately-owned company whose newspaper holdings include The Denver Post, The Detroit News and San Jose Mercury News.
Its 57 newspapers in 11 states have combined daily circulations of 2.3 million, making MediaNews one of the nation's largest newspaper companies. It also owns a television station in Alaska and radio stations in Texas.
In the early 1950s, Scudder had a hand in inventing a process to remove ink from newsprint so newspapers could be recycled into quality newsprint. After being approached by a news dealer who came up with the idea, Scudder initially tested the process in his office and home before moving the research to university and laboratory settings, according to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wisc. Scudder was admitted to the hall in 1995.
He went on to found the Garden State Paper Co., whose mill in Garfield began production in 1961. The firm later opened several other plants and became among the largest in the world to recycle newspapers into newsprint.

Read the full story here.

The Once Great Newark Evening News: A Remembrance & Obituary
Richard Scudder - Paper Industry International Hall of Fame (Video) 

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