John Cowles Jr., the former publisher of the Star Tribune and advocate, died March 18 at the age of 82, the Star Tribune reports.
After graduating from Harvard and time in the Army, Cowles joined the Star Tribune as a police reporter in 1953. He was married for more than 60 years to his wife Sage.
Cowles' family had a history in newspaper companies, and in 1961 he acquired the Star Tribune from his father, becoming president and editorial chairman a year later, until his ousting in 1983.
Besides being part of the history of the Star Tribune, he was also a key player in bringing the Guthrie and Metrodome to Minneapolis.