- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Whitelaw Reid, scion of a prominent publishing family and groomed heir to The New York Herald Tribune, died on Saturday. He was 95.

Reid, who lived in Bedford Hills, N.Y., died of complications of lung and heart failure at While Plains Hospital Center, said his brother, Ogden R. Reid, former congressman and ambassador to Israel and an editor and publisher of The Herald Tribune.

Reid was the namesake and grandson of Whitelaw Reid, who succeeded Horace Greeley, former ambassador to Great Britain and France and owner and editor of the New York Tribune in the 1870s.

Reid’s father was Ogden Mills Reid, who merged The Tribune and The Herald in 1924 and was for many years editor and publisher of the paper and its European edition, known as the Paris Herald, now The International Herald Tribune and owned by The New York Times Company.

Reid joined The Herald Tribune in 1938 and became a reporter in the paper’s London Bureau where he filed many eyewitness accounts of the London blitz and the German shelling of Dover.

In 1941, he was commissioned a Unites States Navy aviator and spent much of World War II ferrying Navy planes around the U.S.

Reid returned to The Herald Tribune in 1946 as assistant to the editor. When his father died in 1947, he became editor and vice president. From 1953 to 1955, he was editor and president, and from 1955 to 1958 was chairman.

In 1958, the Reid family sold control of the paper to John Hay Whitney, the American ambassador to Britain. The paper was redesigned but struggled through a series of strikes and in 1966 merged with other troubled papers to become The World Journal Tribune, which folded in 1967.

Reid was an avid tennis player. In 1998, he won the national indoor singles championship for men 85 and older. In 2003, he won the national clay court doubles championship for men in their 90s.

Born July 26, 1913, on the family’s estate in Purchase, N.Y., Reid graduated from Yale in 1936 with a degree in sociology.

Reid is survived by his widow, brother, two sons from his first marriage, two children from his second marriage, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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