- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former media executive John F. McGee, a World War II veteran who was twice elected to serve on the Board of Directors of The Associated Press, has died.

Linda Wilson of Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston, West Virginia, confirmed that McGee died June 23. He was 94.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports McGee was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1923 and attended Davidson College before enlisting in the Army, where he served in combat from Normandy into Germany and received several commendations including a bronze star.

McGee began his media career in his hometown at the Evening Post Publishing Company. He moved to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1970 to become president of Clay Communications and served on the Board of Directors of Thomson Newspapers until his retirement in 1990. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and he was president of the State Press Associations in South Carolina and West Virginia.

A memorial service is planned on Sunday in Charleston, West Virginia.

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