RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — J. Stewart Bryan, 77, passed away Saturday at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Virginia. Bryan was part a Richmond family that produced four generations of media entrepreneurs. Bryan himself spent 50 years in the industry.
According to the Media General website, Bryan was born in Richmond, Va., on May 4, 1938, J. Stewart Bryan III was educated at Episcopal High School and the University of Virginia. He served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Bryan worked in the circulation department of The Richmond News Leader, in the advertising and production departments of The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press and as a reporter for The Tampa Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
He became vice president of The Tribune Company in 1968, executive vice president in December 1971 and publisher in June 1976. He was named president and publisher of the Times-Dispatch and The News Leader on Jan. 1, 1978, and was elected chairman, president and CEO of Media General, Inc., on May 15, 1990. He stepped down as CEO on July 1, 2005 and continued to serve as chairman of the board until his death.
Bryan served as president of Tampa Bay Art Center, Greater Tampa Citizens Safety Council, United Fund of Greater Tampa and the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony. Currently or formerly, he was director or trustee of Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Foundation for American Communications, Virginia Historical Society, Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd., Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (chairman 1993-94), Metro Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Council on Economic Education, Metropolitan Foundation, Episcopal High School. He was also a member of the Tampa bay Buccaneers Advisory Board.
He was president of Junior Achievement of Richmond, 1981-82; president, Richmond Goodwill Industries, Inc., 1982-83; president, Florida Press Association, 1971-72; chairman, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, 1978-79; president, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, 1981-82; director, The Associated Press, 1984-93; Virginia Press Association, 1979; director, Newspaper Advertising Bureau, 1977-95, UPI Advisory Board, 1974-79.
He also received numerous awards and honors. He was inducted into the Virgina Communications Hall of Fame as a laureate. He also received induction into the Richmond Business Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from many highly-respected colleges including Hampden-Sydney College, Emory & Henry College, College of William & Mary and Randolph-Macon College.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa-Margaret Stevenson Bryan, his two daughters, Talbott Bryan Maxey of Palm Beach, Fla., and Anna Bryan Sullivan of Wilson, Wyoming, and five grandchildren.
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