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In Memoriam: Dick Scudder, 99 - California Newspaper Publishers Association : Cnpa Bulletin

In Memoriam: Dick Scudder, 99

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:11 pm

Richard B. Scudder, co-founder with William Dean Singleton of MediaNews Group and a pioneer in recycled newsprint, died July 11, 2012, at his home in Navesink, N.J., The New York Times reported. He was 99.

Scudder and Singleton began with a 1983 acquisition and built MediaNews to 57 daily newspapers in 11 states.

"Dick spent most of his time on the news side, but was also a very savvy businessman," Singleton told The Times. "He was involved in all the acquisitions and personally made many of them with people that he knew well."

Scudder's interest in newsprint recycling began with experiments with a de-inking process using a sink in his office and a blender at home. The research later was lab-proven and adopted by industry. Scudder in 1995 was named to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.

"It was the right combination of chemicals to remove the ink without destroying or damaging the fibers," said Kathleen Lhost, executive director of the Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wis.

"Now, throughout the industry, more than 50 percent of the amount of fiber content that goes into making a newspaper page has been recycled."

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